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Anti-mask protesters cause disturbance on B.C. ferry, cause unloading delay

A group of anti-mask protesters has been banned from BC Ferries for the rest of the day after causing a disturbance on a morning sailing from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay.

The incident happened on the 8:30 a.m. sailing of the Queen of Oak Bay, according to BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall.

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A group of about unmasked protesters who boarded in separate vehicles became belligerent and harassed masked passengers, said Marshall.

Unloading of the vessel was delayed as BC Ferries waited for West Vancouver police to arrive, she added.

West Vancouver police said the incident involved up to 50 protesters, who became “verbally aggressive” with other passengers.

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However, police said the conduct did not cross over into criminality, and no one was arrested.

Marshall said the company was able to identify at least 12 people who had been given a ban.

Anti-mask protesters have advertised a two-day rally on Saturday and Sunday dubbed as a “freedom mega rally.”

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British Columbians opposed to wearing masks hold Vancouver protest

British Columbians opposed to wearing masks hold Vancouver protest

Posters for the event say it is in opposition to “censorship, lockdowns, mask mandates, vaccine mandates” and a list of other grievances.

Featured speakers include a number of prominent anti-vaccine activists, along with conspiracy theorist David Icke, who is known for anti-Semitic views and the belief the world is controlled by a secret cabal of reptilian humanoids.

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A Vancouver anti-mask protest in September drew up to 700 people, including supporters of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory which asserts — among other widely debunked claims — that a satanic cabal of U.S. Democratic Party officials are trafficking children for sex and to harvest life-extending chemicals from their blood.

Public health officials are in wide agreement that non-medical masks are an important tool to stop the spread of COVID-19, though they say physical distancing and handwashing remain the most effective tactics.

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