Saskatchewan

Two organizers fined after anti-mask demonstration in Regina

On Sunday, Premier Scott Moe criticized the speaker's actions on Twitter, saying the comments were racist.

Premier Scott Moe criticizes racist comments made by speaker at rally

Police issued two tickets to organizers of an anti-mask demonstration in Regina for violating Saskatchewan's Public Health Orders around COVID-19. The two people, a man and a woman, were given a ticket carrying a fine of $2,800. (Cory Coleman/CBC)

Regina police say two organizers of an anti-mask demonstration in Regina have been fined $2,800 for violating Saskatchewan's Public Health Orders. 

On Saturday, a large group of people gathered outside of the Regina Legislature for what the Regina Police Service called in a news release an "anti-mask convoy/rally." 

Both a man and a woman were fined and Regina police say they were identified as the organizers of the event. 

Each ticket carries a fine of $2,800. Regina police say the man who was fined is a resident in Saskatoon while the woman is from Deer Valley.

The crowd grew to more than 100 people on Saturday, with attendees participating in a march down Albert Street to the T.C. Douglas Building. (Cory Coleman/CBC)

During the rally, a speaker purposely mispronounced the name of Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer Dr. Saqib Shahab and said, "I can't get these foreigners' names right." The crowd cheered in response to the speaker's comments.

On Sunday, Premier Scott Moe criticized the speaker's actions on Twitter, saying the comments were racist.

Premier Moe also took to Twitter on Saturday to address the event. 

After offering his condolences to the family of 11 people who were reported to have died after contracting COVID-19, Moe asked those at the rally to "consider how insignificant the inconveniences they are being asked to follow really are compared to the pain of losing a loved one."

In a news release, police thanked the media and members of the public for their cooperation. 

"We understand the emotion and anxiety caused by this event; we also have families," the news release said.  "Together, we will get through this time."

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