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'Don't promote them': B.C.'s health minister dismisses video calling for defiance of public health orders

Last Updated Apr 13, 2020 at 6:38 pm PDT

A group of people gathered in front of Vancouver City Hall on Sunday to protest what they called unlawful orders, quarantines, and lockdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Contributed photo to NEWS 1130)
Summary

Adrian Dix says video calling for defiance of public health orders should be ignored

Health Minister says most people are following safety orders

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A video posted online over the weekend encouraging the defiance of public safety orders has been dismissed by B.C.’s health minister as a harmful distraction.

Adrian Dix says there’s no shortage of people trying to promote themselves by exploiting the suffering of others.

“Genuinely, if you look in any depth at their other views are marginal views and I think what I’d say to people is focus on what we need to do together,” he says,

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He insists most people are following the rules and understand why we all need to keep our distance from each other, and he says the video be ignored.

“Don’t allow people who 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,” he says.

“You know, I think we’ve seen in the past number of weeks one or two examples of people behaving very badly and that may be inevitable in these times –that people are attempting to essentially promote themselves.”

Over the weekend, pictures and videos of a march in Vancouver were widely shared on social media. Those taking part shared conspiracy theories on signs and through chants, as they protested what they called unlawful orders, quarantines, and lockdowns.

With files from Monika Gul and Hana Mae Nassar