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Anti-maskers returning to Chilliwack for ‘peaceful’ protest Saturday

‘They have been strongly instructed to respect downtown businesses,’ according to head of BIA
Hundreds of anti-mask protesters walked along Yale Road near Hodgins Avenue during the Fraser Valley Freedom Rally on Saturday, April 3, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Organizers of an anti-mask event coming to Central Community Park this weekend have given Downtown Chilliwack Business Improvement Association (BIA) officials reassurance there will be no incidents like the last time.

They have billed the rally as a “peaceful” event, a “protest” and a “family event.”

The Fraser Valley Freedom Rally starts at noon on Saturday, May 8, in Central Community Park and runs until 4 p.m.

“I have spoken with the organizers personally and they gave me their guarantee there would be no violent, forceful confrontations with merchants,” said Trevor McDonald, executive director of the BIA.

McDonald put out a message to merchants on Thursday (May 6) to let them know of the guarantee, and that the use of bullhorns will be restricted to the park or the Court House.

“They have been strongly instructed to respect downtown businesses,” said McDonald.

One local business owner said the last time saw protesters trying to enter their business, and “berating” staff.

READ MORE: Anti-mask march last month

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Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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