A great rally took a place in Salmon Arm, on March 5th, as a part of the freedom movement. This time under the name “ Freedom chain 2022” as Canada-wide rallies hand in hand on Highway 1. The rally was one of the biggest and greatest of all rallies in the Shuswap since the “pandemic” started. People presented their stand against vaccination policy, Covid 19 restrictions, and mandates, and also showed huge disagreement about how the current Liberal party under Justin Trudeau governs the country.
Nor foggy morning unblenched the people from attending on this event. After a short regular meeting in Blackburn park, people started gathering around 10.00 A.M. alongside Highway 1, close by Centenoka mall, and shortly numbers increased to a couple of hundreds, so the crowds were lined up on the front of Home Hardware and Shuswap Lodge as well. Another group of protestors’ stand was in the front of Hilltop Inn hotel on Highway 1. This protest in Salmon Arm joined also the Okanagan convoy, which started in Osoyoos and on the way to Shuswap brought together another couple of hundreds of people, who gathered from CO-OP gas station all the way to the intersection between Highway 1 and Highway 97b. All armed by Canadian flags and symbols, homemade transparent and signs. A lot of people hold each other by the hand and like that, created a symbolic chain, to show that all people are on the same board.
During the protest, a number of vehicles drove around the town, including huge agricultural tractors. Cars were mostly decorated with Canadian flags and British Columbian flags of different sizes. When vehicles drove around people, boosted them by honking and waving. Later on, when the sun popped up, the people of all ages enjoined fun even more, especially in “Biker convoy”.
After two hours alongside the Highway, the people slowly moved to the Blackburn park, when organizers prepared the second part of the rally. That was the speech of multiple people and local businessmen. Speeches focused on human rights and freedoms, as fundamental and non-removable. There were also speakers which shared their experience with the socialistic regime in Hungary, the Soviet Union, and Cuba. Another one shared information about how they saw “ Convoy in Freedom 2022” in Ottawa, personal feelings, and memories.
Organizers and other speakers thanked all people for attending and spread the words about future plans, options, and possibilities.
The second part of the rally in Blackburn park included also free lunch, such as hot dogs, sausages, soups, and cookies. The food was prepared by volunteers from local and Okanagan donators.
After a couple of hours of a good time, when people encouraged each other, shared information, enjoyed good food and each other, time fulfilled with a good mood, fun, songs and smiles, kids also playground and bouncing castle, all slowly returned to their homes and lives. See you next time Salmon Arm.