Demonstrators Chant ‘USA-USA-USA,’ Fly ‘Trump 2020’ Flags & Protest Overbearing COVID-19 Policies
The number of people marching and chanting ‘USA-USA-USA’ in Montreal absolutely stun onlookers. Watch:
Organizers estimate 100,000 people rallied in Montreal Canada on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 to “fight for freedom” and protest overbearing COVID-19 restrictions. Several speakers panned fake news and downplayed the seriousness of the virus. Some speakers said the virus is similar to a bad flu. They explained how the Canadian government allegedly killed thousands of people by sending COVID-19 patients to senior residences. There were scores of Trump 2020 flags with the slogan “NO MORE BULLSHIT.” There were a handful of signs that read: “Better to Die Free Than to Live Without Freedom.”
Many marchers chanted ‘USA-USA-USA’ for the duration of the march.
Watch & Listen to Canadians Chanting USA-USA-USA:
A photo journalist remarked, “It really was crazy how many American and Trump 2020 flags were there for a Canadian protest.”
“There were scores of Trump 2020 flags with the slogan “NO MORE BULLSHIT.” There were a handful of signs that read: “Better to die free than to live without freedom.”
“Canadians Love Trump”
One of most popular slogans at the Canadian rally is, “NO MORE BULLSHIT.” This can include political correctness b.s., propaganda b.s., corrupt politician b.s., etc.
“We don’t want bullshit. We are grown ups. We can handle the truth. If I was an American, I would crawl thousands of miles to help Trump. He gets freedom and wants it for the people. I’d crawl a thousand miles even if I got blisters.”– Rally Goer in Montreal, Qb
“President Trump, if you were running here, I think you would be elected. And this is Canada.“– Rally goer in Montreal, Qb
A rally goer says she thinks Trump would be elected if he ran in Canada.
Trump Fans even in Montreal pic.twitter.com/1LasCxl40N— Michel_Leger (@MichelL07853652) September 12, 2020
“Trump epitomizes the revolt against globalism. People must run their affairs, not politicians. If America falls to the globalists, it’s easier for the rest of the world to follow.”– Rally goer in Montreal, Qb
Fascist Dawn, or Road to Liberation?
While the media in Canada is surprised by the number of Trump flags, it does not surprise any of the demonstrators. The media characterizes the rally as a protest against wearing masks. But if you speak with any of the demonstrators, their reasoning extends far beyond a simple face mask rule. To them, it’s a freedom (Liberté) movement.
They view Trump as someone that represents freedom for the people and national sovereignty for their country. The demonstrators love Canada. To them, Trump represents the idea Canadians should self-determine their destiny. These demonstrators want political policies that make sense for Canadians. This means NO MORE BULLSHIT handed down to them from a global elite.
One rally goer explained her Trump support: “Trump epitomizes the revolt against globalism. People must run their affairs, not politicians. If America falls to the globalists, it’s easier for the rest of the world to follow.”
Other rally goers in Montreal echoed similar reasoning: “Globalist use climate change and now this pandemic to gain control. They can’t control Trump. They hate him because they can’t control him.”
It really was crazy how many American and Trump 2020 flags were there for a Canadian protest pic.twitter.com/ZharitnHMw— Loves Montreal (@SailingOnSound) September 13, 2020
Peaceful Protest: One observer remarked, “Beautiful rally in Montreal today. Peaceful walk full of joyful energy. Well done the organizers and walkers.”
“Massive Turnout” – 100,000 People
One protester said, “massive numbers as far as the eyes could see to fight for our freedoms.” Early estimates suggest tens of thousands of Canadians marched today. But as the day progressed, the numbers swelled as onlookers joined in.
In the video below, the filmer is shocked by the massive turnout, and says his video doesn’t do the crowd size justice. There are many more protesters behind him. There are many more protesters in front of him. And the video doesn’t capture the sheer magnitude of the freedom movement–Liberté!
“100,000 Dans La Rue” – 100,000 in the Streets
Update: The latest estimate is that 100,000 people participated in today’s march in Montreal. The day started with fewer protesters. However, tens of thousands of onlookers joined the march, pushing the total number of participants higher throughout the day. At the height of the rally, 70,000 people participated at the same time. By the end of the day, over 100,000 people participated in some part of the parade. It’s very hard to estimate crowd size in a parade. However, mobility data, like we use on our state-by-state movement tracker, helps!
Not Everyone Happy
Some Canadians took to twitter to voice their concern no one was wearing a mask.
Today’s Event is Also a Protest Against Overbearing COVID-19 Policies
Speakers at today’s event cited the recent COVID-19 findings by Oxford University’s Center for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM). The center has reviewed the evidence and claims of major COVID-19 studies. Recent analysis from CEBM suggests many of the current policy recommendations lack evidence. Below is a short list of some of the most common studies/findings talked about at today’s event.
- COVID-19 Evidence is Lacking for 2 Meter Distancing – Social distancing: “as experienced reviewers, we looked at the evidence and could not replicate the distance estimates reported in the Lancet paper.“
- Mask Evidence is Disappointing – “Evidence from 14 trials on the use of masks vs. no masks was disappointing: It showed no effect in either healthcare workers or in community settings. We could also find no evidence of a difference between the N95 and other types of masks.”
- Hydroxychloroquine – The Center for Evidence-Based Medicine could not duplicate the results in the Lancet paper (the often cited resource used to form public policy). In fact, the Lancet paper’s researchers refused to transfer the full dataset (as it would violate client contracts). Note: Oxford’s CEBM has not ruled conclusively on Hydroxychloroquine. They reviewed the Lancet paper and found significant concerns with the study. Their ruling on the Lancet paper is not an endorsement of Hydroxychloroquine.
- Frequent Hand Washing – CEBM notes the strongest evidence for stopping/slowing COVID-19 infection is frequent hand washing, for at least 30 seconds, and using a full lather that covers every part of the hand. They also recommend to refrain from toughing your face.
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