Protest against vaccine mandates at Kelowna Remembrance Day gathering was ‘a step too far,’ RCMP say – CBC

Mounties want anyone with video of Thursday’s disruption to share with investigators

Nov 11, 2021

Mounties in Kelowna, B.C., are investigating after dozens of people protesting vaccine mandates disrupted an informal Remembrance Day gathering at the city’s cenotaph on Thursday.

RCMP say when officers arrived on the scene at about 10:55 a.m. local time, they found between 75 and 100 protesters interrupting the proceedings.

“Kelowna RCMP officers support a person’s or groups’ right to protest, but when they choose to willfully interrupt the assembly of citizens at a Remembrance Day ceremony, this is a step too far,” Insp. Adam MacIntosh said in a news release.

“The Kelowna RCMP will be fully investigating this event to determine what offence, criminal or otherwise, may have been committed and, if appropriate, the submission of charges or fines.”

A formal public Remembrance Day ceremony was not held in the city this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but police say veterans and members of the public had gathered at the cenotaph to pay their respects.

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