Canadian Anti-Vaccination Protesters Block Hospitals

Canadian anti-vaccination organized protests block hospitals on Monday after being warned not to harass or obstruct healthcare workers.

The protesters’ group, National Health Freedom Movement, was founded by two Ontario nurses who promoted COVID-19 conspiracy theories and attended rallies in the U.S. for those who think the pandemic is a “fraud.”

Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it’s “not OK” for hospitals across the country to put up barricades to protect themselves from the anti-vaccination protests. 

“It’s not right that the people tasked with keeping us safe and alive during this pandemic should be exposed to hatred, violence, fear, and intimidation,” Trudeau said.

McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) employee union head Robert Lagueux said he does not support protests in front of the MUHC  Children’s and Shriners.

“I would have much preferred they had their protest in front of a government office. Everybody has a right to protest, but in this case, the location was not ideal,” Lagueux said.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante also said protesting in front of schools and hospital is disgusting and unacceptable.

“If you don’t agree with vaccinations, fine. But to prevent people from helping others, or from studying, no. Healthcare workers deserve support, not intimidation,” Plante added.

Healthcare workers also called on the protesters to take their message to provincial and federal legislatures.

“Stay away from patients, stay away from healthcare workers… leave us alone,” Dr. Michael Warner, an ICU physician at Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto, said

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