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Mirror — RCMP ticketed protesters leaving an anti-lockdown rally outside a central Alberta cafe Saturday, after the establishment was closed by health officials earlier in the week. Despite pouring rain and a pre-emptive court injunction, hundreds gathered outside the Whistle Stop Cafe in the hamlet of Mirror, 66 km northeast of Red Deer, for the Save Alberta Campout Protest. Demonstrators were there to support cafe owner Chris Scott and challenge public health orders meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. A spokesman for the RCMP said officers took the first three hours of the protest to educate demonstrators on COVID-19 regulations and notify them that they were contravening the injunction. “I’ve been accused of a lot of things over this. They think it’s about money. They think it’s about popularity. I could care less about that,” Scott told the crowd. “I’m not fine with anyone telling me what to do with my body or how to earn an income.” Last weekend, hundreds of people gathered near Bowden, also in central Alberta for a pre-advertised maskless No More Lockdowns protest rodeo. Days later, the premier announced stronger restrictions and doubled fines for scofflaws.

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