More demonstrators expected in Quebec City for round-two of ‘freedom’ protests

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After a slow start Friday evening, more demonstrators are expected to roll into Quebec City Saturday for what some are calling the “Woodstock for Freedom,” an offshoot of the “freedom convoy” protest against COVID-19 health measures that began in Ottawa last month.

Although a small crowd gathered before the National Assembly Friday night, the demonstration quickly fizzled out due to low attendance.

Although more are expected to arrive Saturday, cold weather and heavy snow could impact crowd sizes. According to organizers, the weekend’s events are scheduled to include concerts, speeches, and even a meditation session.

Quebec City’s first round of protests took place a few weeks ago, with participants vowing to return for the weekend of Feb. 18.

This time around, the city’s police have been granted further power to close streets as a preventative measures, if necessary.

During Quebec’s initial four-day demonstration, police made three arrests and handed out 170 tickets.

Meanwhile, in Ottawa, police have cracked down on demonstrators, sometimes with the use of pepper spray and with over 100 arrests made. The nation’s capital is officially entering its fourth week of non-stop protests.

This is a developing story that will be updated. 

With files from CTV’s Kelly Greig. 

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