RCMP officers got in the middle of two groups protesting in Red Deer on Sept. 20. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

Red Deer police will ‘enforce the peace’ at weekend anti-racism protests

  • Oct. 2, 2020 3:30 p.m.

The City of Red Deer and police are aware that anti-racism demonstrations are scheduled in the city this weekend, says Mayor Tara Veer.

She’s counting on there not being a repeat of the activities at a rally Sept. 20. An online video shows one man assaulting another, but police have yet to lay charges.

Said Veer in a statement Friday: “While the city upholds Canada’s constitutionally protected rights to peacefully assemble, I want to strongly reiterate that we do not accept or condone any level of violence or racism in our city.

“In addition, the city respectfully reminds all residents and visitors to Red Deer, who may be gathering in our city over the weekend, to adhere to and uphold all current public health orders that remain in place at this time.”

Veer said RCMP will attend the demonstrations to “preserve peace and enforce the law.”

The Red Deer Peace Walk is slated for 3 p.m. at Coronation Park. It includes a march to City Hall Park at 3:30 p.m.

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