Tickets handed out for Regina anti-mask rally up to 11

Tickets handed out for Regina anti-mask rally up to 11

Regina police have now handed out 11 tickets for breaches of public health orders as a result of a “freedom rally” held in Victoria Park on April 24.

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Anti-vaccine/anti-mask demonstrators are seen gathered at the cenotaph in Victoria Park in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 24, 2021. Speaker
Anti-vaccine/anti-mask demonstrators are seen gathered at the cenotaph in Victoria Park in Regina, Saskatchewan on April 24, 2021. Speaker “Chris Sky” can be seen wearing a Saskatchewan Roughriders jersey. BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post Photo by BRANDON HARDER /Regina Leader-Post

Regina police have handed out seven more tickets to people attending a “freedom rally” in Regina that drew around 150 people, even as they lay plans to monitor another such anti-mask protest scheduled for this weekend.

A rally was held in Victoria Park on April 24, drawing the sizeable crowd in support of anti-mask activist Chris Saccoccia, better known as Chris Sky, who stopped in Regina as part of a cross-country “Freedom Convoy.”

Four tickets were initially handed out to protesters shortly after the rally ended, but the Regina Police Service (RPS) said at the time more charges could be coming.

On Wednesday, the Regina Police Service said it had handed out seven more tickets since then for a total of 11 tickets for breaches of public health orders related to the rally. Officers also served one traffic summary offence ticket to someone who attended, according to a news release.

Police are also investigating unmasked protesters going into a shopping mall that same day.

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“It is anticipated success in these investigations will result in more tickets for breaching Public Health Orders,” the release said.

Police are also aware of another protest against public health orders being planned for this weekend and have already created an “operational plan” that includes uniformed and plainclothes officers monitoring the rally and gathering evidence for further investigations.

“It is important for the public to understand that there is no benefit in escalating tensions at these events, or provoking people into criminal acts which may include property damage or assault. Police will take enforcement action which is appropriate, both for the immediate circumstances of the day, and as the result of investigation,” the release said.

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