Walk for Freedom, April 3, 2021
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Walk for Freedom, April 3, 2021

  • A woman holds a sign and chants as she marches with Walk for Freedom across the Peace Bridge which crosses the Bow River toward the Sunnyside community in Calgary, on April 3, 2021. Walk for Freedom is one of two organizations that protest against the COVID-19 restrictions, business closures, and the mask mandate. The groups have been protesting since June of 2020, with Walk for Freedom having a larger audience than the other group, which was formerly known as Freedom March Calgary. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
  • A man shouts and holds his can of beer to the sky while he marches with Walk for Freedom across the Peace Bridge toward the Sunnyside community in Calgary on April 3, 2021. Walk for Freedom is one of two organizations that protest against the COVID-19 restrictions, business closures, and the mask mandate. The Walk for Freedom group started rallying from the Princes Island Park stage before marching toward the bridge. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
  • Brad Carrigan marches and holds a megaphone and shouts toward protestors at a Walk for Freedom march on Memorial Drive near the Sunnyside community in Calgary on April 3, 2021. Carrigan is the organizer for Walk for Freedom, and has been since June of 2020. He leads the Walk for Freedom, but he still participates in other protests with Artur Pawlowski, and with the Calgary Freedom Alliance. Walk for Freedom was established by Freedom Unity Alliance, and according to their website, they are a non-profit, non-denominational ministry that represents all people as sovereign beings. Walk for Freedom is a protest against the COVID-19 restrictions, along with the mask mandate. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
  • Sammy walks with her children an other protestors in a Walk for Freedom protest on Memorial Drive in Sunnyside in Calgary on April 3, 2021. Sammy wears attire with the Krispy Kreme brand, while her daughter holds a large doughnut. Krispy Kreme has offered customers a free doughnut when they show proof of vaccination in the U.S., and Sammy and the protestors mock this since the vaccinations are another thing they protest against. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
  • Walk for Freedom protestors march on Memorial Drive in the Sunnyside community in Calgary on April 3, 2021. Walk for Freedom is one of two organizations that protest against the COVID-19 restrictions, business closures, and the mask mandate. The groups have been protesting since June of 2020, with Walk for Freedom having a larger audience than the other group, with the Freedom Unity Alliance website saying that ÒWalk for FreedomÓ draws in 400-1200 people. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
  • A large group of protestors with Walk for Freedom march on Memorial Drive in the Sunnyside community in Calgary on April 3, 2021. Walk for Freedom is one of two organizations that protest against the COVID-19 restrictions, business closures, and the mask mandate. The groups have been protesting since June of 2020, with Walk for Freedom having a larger audience than the other group. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
  • A police officer sits on his bike and watches the Walk for Freedom protestors cross the Peace Bridge in Calgary on April 3, 2021. Walk for Freedom is one of two organizations that protest against the COVID-19 restrictions, business closures, and the mask mandate. The police have been attending the events to ensure things donÕt get violent, which has not been the case for ÒWalk for Freedom.Ó A third group is led by Artur Pawlowski, who is a church pastor in Calgary that has been offering a service to the homeless outside Calgary City Hall for years. That group has had some issues with the police over the past year. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
  • A photographer, and what looks to be his daughter, look at Sammy and other protestors as they march in a Walk for Freedom protest on Memorial Drive in Sunnyside in Calgary on April 3, 2021. Walk for Freedom is one of two organizations that protest against the COVID-19 restrictions, business closures, and the mask mandate. Even though 400-1200 people show up to protest and march, there are many people that donÕt see reason to protest. As of writing this, COVID-19 cases are rising throughout Alberta, with the Alberta government going back to stage one of their reopening strategy. (Photo by Alejandro Melgar/SAIT)
Walk for Freedom Protest, Calgary, Alberta

Individuals in Calgary, Alta, gathered to express their disdain at COVID-19 lockdowns, loss of employment, and the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Walk for Freedom in Calgary, Alta. The group is an anti-COVID, anti-lockdown protest group that has been protesting since April of 2020, which was the start of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

While the group includes many individuals that feel anger and resentment for the loss of autonomy and freedom to work and do as they will, there has been mixed messaging with this group, namely in their conspiracy theories that suggest vaccines are causing more harm then the virus itself.

Acting out of fear is something they have spoken highly against, but the fear-mongering that stems from their messaging about vaccines is itself acting our of fear.

Walk for Freedom is sponsored by The Freedom Unity Alliance, a group that has shareholders and individuals that fund the marches and pay for speakers.