Anthony Gagliardi, 26, organized a protest for Hugs Over Masks in Hamilton on November 8 — a demonstration that later saw the protesters march to the headquarters of the Hamilton Police Service.
Alas, police would later have something to present to Mr. Gagliardi — namely, a ticket under the Reopening Ontario Act. The amount? A minimum of $10,000, with a potential a maximum of $100,000! Their reason was that the Hugs Over Masks demonstration exceeded the COVID-19 restricted gathering limit of 25 persons.
We caught up with Anthony recently in his hometown and given that he potentially faces a financial penalty of either five- or six-figures, he was remarkably nonchalant. In fact, Anthony says he plans to stage future Hugs Over Masks rallies, feeling that it is his right to do so and he will not be deterred by the threat of potentially huge financial penalties.
Anthony ponders why an anti-lockdown protest is verboten in the eyes of the authorities yet, say, a Black Lives Matter protest receives glowing approval from these very same politicians.
Others obviously feel the same way when it comes to the Wuhan virus double standard, given that Anthony says he already has legal representation lined up who will be working pro bono on his case. His first court appearance is slated for Feb. 22, 2021.
As well, Anthony says he has no remorse for his actions, claiming that it is his constitutional right to protest and that his human rights will trump any action under the Reopening Ontario Act.
He’s confident the charge will be thrown out when he has his day in court — wonder if he will have to mask up that day? And rest assured Rebel News will cover this trial. Stay tuned!