Education minister, premier, teachers condemn anti-vaccine protesters at Montreal school

Dorothy S. Bass

Quebec’s education and learning minister has condemned anti-vaccine protesters who allegedly harassed students at a Montreal school that was running a vaccination clinic and claimed the vaccine was joined to the the latest death of a college student.

Minister Jean-François Roberge explained on Twitter he was stunned by the steps of the protesters “who have made use of the tragic demise of a youthful lady to fuel disinformation.”

“It is an irresponsible gesture and I offer you my condolences to the family members of the target and to the faculty staff members.”

In a assertion provided to CTV Information, the regional wellbeing authority for the East Island of Montreal mentioned their vaccination staff members associates have been at the university on Wednesday to hand out photographs to eligible learners, which was just one day after the student’s tragic loss of life.

“During this vaccination activity, 177 doses were being administered and no incidents have been brought to our consideration,” wrote CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal spokesperson Catherine Dion.

Montreal law enforcement confirmed they responded to a 911 call at the school on Tuesday and that a “young lady was sent to hospital.” The induce of the student’s death was not publicly released.

Law enforcement spokesperson Jessica Lalonde mentioned law enforcement were being at the college the future day and that a group of grown ups were being partaking with students “in a public space following to the college” but there was no felony activity included. 

The protesters claimed that the student’s demise took place soon after the in-faculty immunization, according to a report by La Presse, which 1st reported the incident.

A instructor at the faculty, Xavier Watson, posted a video on his Facebook site of him telling a protester to not chat to his students. 

“An anti-vaxxer and his gang came to protest at my faculty today as we mourn the tragic loss of life of a scholar!” Watson wrote on Fb. “This is f**ked, these people are disgusting!”

Premier Francois Legault was requested about the protest Friday, and his response was pointed.

“It is unacceptable to see the anti-vax (movement) having our small children included in their battle,” said Legault. “You should, get our small children out of this debate be sure to.

He added that he has requested Public Protection Minister Genevieve Guilbault to make sure police are investigating the subject completely.


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