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Winnipeg anti-mask protester arrested once more, accused of violating release conditions

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A Winnipeg man who was arrested final month for alleged violations of Manitoba’s public well being orders has as soon as once more been charged, this time with breaking a situation of his release.

Patrick Joseph Robert Allard, 39, is accused of organizing individuals on-line to congregate and block the roads into IG Field earlier than the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ house opener on Aug. 5, the Winnipeg Police Service mentioned in a Thursday information release.

Only absolutely vaccinated individuals will probably be allowed to attend that recreation, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Dr. Brent Roussin introduced final week.

Winnipeg police mentioned their main crimes unit turned conscious of the proposed anti-vaccination protest being organized on common social media platforms on Thursday.

Allard had beforehand been launched on a situation that “prohibits the promotion and organization of gatherings contrary to any order made under the Public Health Act,” police mentioned.

Under Manitoba’s present pandemic restrictions, outside gatherings on public property can solely have as much as 150 individuals. Those on non-public property can solely have as much as 25.

Allard, who has attended and arranged a number of anti-mask rallies throughout the pandemic, was arrested and charged with failing to adjust to a situation of his release order, police mentioned.

He was beforehand charged for allegedly taking part in two Winnipeg gatherings. 

Those occasions occurred on April 27 and May 15 —  when public well being orders nonetheless banned all gatherings with anybody besides an individual’s family members.

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