Anti-Lockdown/Freedom Rally protesters gather in smaller numbers in downtown Barrie

About three-dozen demonstrators took part

No speeches. No bouncy castles. But about three-dozen anti-lockdown protesters had a barbecue with them as they demonstrated early Saturday afternoon at Heritage Park in Barrie.

Demonstrators gather May 22 at Heritage Park in Barrie to protest anti-lockdown measures

They waved placards at passersby on foot and in cars, exchanging pleasantries with drivers honking their horns and with cyclists ringing their bells in support, and thanking those who commented or gestured their non-support.

Demonstrators gather May 22 at Heritage Park in Barrie to protest anti-lockdown measures

One placard-waving woman was heard saying she didn’t know if their protest would work, but she was having a really good time.

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It’s not clear if the demonstration breached the spirit of an agreement between the two sides involved in a court hearing related to an injunction against such gatherings. They had agreed that no protests would be held pending the outcome of the hearing on May 27.