Truck drivers gather across Maritimes to support convoy in Ottawa

The ice was taking off heavily, but hundreds formed a rolling parade of protest through the streets of Sydney on Saturday.

The convoy began forming at Open Hearth Park around 1 p.m., before making its way through some of the city’s main streets.

Organizers called it a chance for those who could not travel to the rally in Ottawa to make their voices heard from afar.

“It’s supportive, in solidarity, with the slow role convoy that has happened all over Canada,” said Dan Vachon, rally organizer, “our message here is that we want the mandates to end so we can return to normal life. . “

Some just showed up to show their support, while others showed that they were truck drivers and families.

“I’m here because I’m a Class 3 truck driver, I just graduated,” said Megan MacNeil, a rally participant, adding her father is also a truck driver, “works in Nunavut and comes back and tries to prove “He was vaccinated and everything. It’s too rushed for him and it’s not fair and that’s enough now,” he said.

At the border of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, during snowstorm conditions, there was a heavy police presence, but not many participants.

The Nova Scotia government has issued a ban on any blockade at the provincial border, although the highway did close at the border due to the weather.

One of those who attended drove from Parrsboro, NS

“We are here to try and support the truck drivers. We are here to fight for freedom,” the supporter said.

Back in Sydney, the convoy continued through various parts of the town, including Kings Road, George Street, Victoria Road and Highway 125.

“It’s not about the vaccine, or anti-vaccine. It’s all about the mandates. The regulations, which we have been facing for two years, have not worked. We have to go back to normal somehow, said Ingo Vollmer. a participant.

The rally in Sydney was led by a police escort and completed at Open Hearth Park.

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