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People in Canada are gathering in the streets to protest the lockdown

As most Canadian residents continue to make daily sacrifices in order to properly social distance and prevent the spread of COVID-19, some conspiracy theorists are gathering to protest government lockdown measures. 

One march that took place over the long weekend in Vancouver has caused outrage among Canadians, as dozens of B.C. residents gathered outside City Hall to protest precautionary measures put in place to protect residents from contracting and spreading COVID-19. 

Residents held signs with sayings such as "Fake News" and "Stupid-20 is 1000 Xs more dangerous than CON-VID-19" as they gathered close to one another, purposely and blatantly ignoring social distancing protocols.

Vancouver resident Dan Dicks covered the march for Press for Truth, which is described as an "alternative media outlet." Dicks posted several photos and videos of the protest online in which he encourages residents not to "drink the Kool-Aid."

"Do you support the Vancouver protest to #endthelockdown? Is the cure worse than the disease? That’s a Yes Yes for me how about you?" Dicks wrote online alongside a video of the protest.

Dicks has also pledged to speak in the coming days with David Icke, a retired football player and conspiracy theorist who has falsely claimed that there's a connection between 5G and coronavirus.

In addition to the march in Vancouver, another anti-lockdown protest was held in Calgary this past weekend by controversial group the yellow vests. 

Though they've remained small, protests such as these are sparking outrage among Canadians who are taking health and safety protocols seriously. 

And many are pleading with the police to do something about these dangerous gatherings. 

"Can the Canadian police please, please, just once, not support these racist wingnuts?" one Twitter use wrote. "Please, this is a pandemic. It would be a good way to start fresh and actually start supporting the non-racist part of our community."

Many people are also speaking out about the harmfulness of conspiracy theories, which seem to be rapidly spreading around the globe, especially at a time like this. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has even created a "myth busters" webpage to try and debunk some of the more common theories. 

"Conspiracy theories can be very harmful for society. Not only can they influence people’s health choices, they can interfere with how different groups relate to each other and increase hostility and violence toward those who are perceived to be 'conspiring,'" wrote researchers Daniel Jolley from Northumbria University and Pia Lamberty from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz in The Conversation last week. 

"So as well as acting to combat the spread of the coronavirus, governments should also act to stop misinformation and conspiracy theories relating to the virus from getting out of hand."

Lead photo by

Dan Dicks

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