The Facebook event for "NON à la passe sanitaire !" attracted over 20,000 people who marked themselves as "interested." Another 10,500 Facebook users marked themselves as "going."
The march began on boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest at around 2 p.m. before turning onto rue Guy. The plan was to then move to rue Sherbrooke and rue Jeanne-Mance before finishing at Place des Festivals.
Videos show people drumming, waving Quebec flags and holding signs with sayings like, "A passport is for going to a foreign country, not becoming a foreigner in your own country."
Video footage also shows a crowd chanting, "Fuck Legault."
"The planned implementation of the health pass (proof of vaccination for restaurants, cinemas, sports teams, educational institutions, etc.) is an unprecedented prejudice for the population and is highly discriminatory. We must say NO together," reads the Facebook page for the event.
MTL Blog's Alex Melki, who was live at the scene of the protest, reported seeing a mixed crowd in terms of ages and a lack of people wearing face masks.
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But organizers clarified they wanted to do this "while ensuring that the transition towards a zero-carbon society is carried out in a way that does not harm the well-being of our communities and ensures the continued economic and social stability of workers."
"A lot of people that are here today are students. A lot younger of a crowd," he said, noting that Thunberg led a 500,000-person climate protest in Montreal in 2019. Organizers called it one of the biggest protests in Quebec history.
At a press conference on Monday, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante condemned the recent spate of protests against vaccine mandates in the city and had some harsh words for the individuals participating in them.
"We will not let people who have particular ideas about vaccination [...] stop people from getting vaccinated, doing their work, taking care of people, or going to study," the mayor said.
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Véronique Comtois, a spokesperson for the SPVM, told MTL Blog that there were no fines handed out during the protest and no arrests made as of Sunday at 12 p.m. But, two incidents that occurred at Saturday's protest remain "under investigation" — one act of mischief and another involving a fire in a chemical toilet.
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