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#Endthelockdown trending after B.C. conspiracy theorist's protest

Image Credit: TWITTER/Dan Dicks
April 13, 2020 - 3:30 PM

A hashtag to end COVID-19 isolation restrictions is now trending on Twitter following a weekend protest in Vancouver.

Conspiracy theorist Dan Dicks received thousands of likes and more than a million views on one of his Twitter posts about the event.

“A number Vancouverites aren’t drinking the Kool-aid, and they’re getting out and getting together here to show we’re not OK with unlawful orders and quarantines and lockdowns,” Dicks said in the post.

The Tweets have since sparked outrage, as even Canadian comedian Seth Rogan responded to the Tweets, calling Dicks “a f***ing idiot” and to “stay inside.”

According to a post on Dicks’ website Press for Truth, the government is “tyrannical” and that it “is the real virus.” His website posts also contain themes around climate change denial and conspiracy theories around 9/11.

“The government’s cure for COVID-19 is currently worse than the disease itself and unless society realizes this we’ll march directly into a tyrannical authoritarian nightmare,” according to one post on Dick’s website.

Last month, provincial health authorities enacted orders to limit the number of people gathering in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Restaurants and bars have also been ordered to close, but may continue to provide delivery and take-out options, according to the order.

READ MORE: B.C. declares public health emergency, orders all bars and clubs to shut down

Provincial health officer Bonnie Henry has repeatedly said that people may go outside, but she asks that people respect social distancing measures and remain roughly two metres apart.

“I have seen one or two examples of people behaving very badly,” said Minister of Health Adrian Dix in Monday’s regular press conference. “If you look in any depth at their views, they are marginal views and, I think, what I say to people is, focus on what we can do together and don’t allow people that are attempting to promote themselves by using the suffering of others to distract us. Don’t promote them. Don’t look at them. But focus on what we need to do together.”


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