Man protesting vaccine passports at Tim Hortons likens himself to Rosa Parks
People took to Tim Hortons in Oshawa this week to protest Ontario's new vaccine passport legislation.
And now it seems as if people are entering restaurants in Oshawa for the purpose of protesting.
"We worked amazingly as a very large group and our leadership was very helpful," said one protester in a tweet. "We stood our ground... shut down a few Timmies... had two sit-ins for freedom/against segregation and we gained some new supporters."
The protester, People's Party of Canada candidate Darryl Mackie, compared his plight to that of the Black civil rights movement in the United States.
"This is our Rosa Parks moment," Mackie says in the video while sitting maskless in the Oshawa Tim Hortons.
Here I am! This isn’t fun! No problems so far... but we need to stop the segregation of our society before it begins. Give me Liberty or give me Death! pic.twitter.com/ka4BAl0DHU— Darryl Mackie (@DarrylMackiePPC) September 22, 2021
"I am choosing to sit in, in the restaurant against segregation in society that is happening," he says.
He says staff members asked for his vaccination status and he refused to give it.
"Why would I give some random stranger personal medical information?"
The comparison to Rosa Parks, a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama, was offensive to many people.
"You're not Rosa Parks and this isn't segregation," one person wrote. "Black people couldn't simply get a vaccine that was free and available to everyone that would allow them equal rights. And to compare the two situations is not just ignorant, it's offensive to pretty much everyone."
Are you seriously comparing racial segregation to this ?!? Guess what would happen if you had no shirt or no shoes going into a restaurant or store?— Scott Johnson 💉💉 (@bosoxfan1990) September 23, 2021
You would be denied service!
"This is not segregation. You made a choice," one person commented.
Well you may get the death wish you know. People seem to have a hard time with reality and what needs to be done to get out of this. It has nothing to do with freedoms.— Vitamin C (@gtamoeb) September 23, 2021
"It's funny how you equate privileges with human rights it's almost like you have no idea what you're going on about," another wrote.
Is it your view, then, that freedom allows all citizens the right to pick and choose which rules/laws we order our society with that they will follow? Is there a limit to this at all or you just promoting anarchy?— Toarea Fan 🇨🇦 (@TOareaFan) September 23, 2021
Tim Hortons did not respond to a request for comment, but it seems they eventually called police.
Durham Police later arrested Mackie at the Tim Hortons on Thornton Road and charged him with trespassing and for failing to leave a premises.
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