“Anti-mask” gathering not anti-mask says supporter Chris Sky

WATERLOO REGION — As the mainstream media attempts to brand Hugs Over Masks as being anti-mask, supporter Chris Sky, who is the creator of Mothers Against Distancing (MAD), noted in fact they are not anti-mask, but rather are advocates for Canadian civil liberties and believe there’s a right time and place for people to wear a respirator.

“We’re not anti-mask, they try to say that Hugs Over Masks is anti-mask, they try to say these events are anti-mask. We are not anti-mask. There is plenty of places you should be wearing a mask. If you are sick and symptomatic — you shouldn’t even be leaving your house unless you have to. And if you have to, we advocate that you wear a medical respirator — not a mask — at least N95 or better. If you’re working in health care — you should be wearing a respirator. If you are working in an old-age home — you should be wearing a respirator. If you are working amongst large groups of people — you should be wearing a respirator,” said Sky.

The event today, hosted by Hugs Over Masks in Victoria Park, gathered at least 100 or more people who joined together to listen to speeches from various key figures of the organizations and stood in solidarity together.

Sky went on to explain what they’re advocating against.

“But for a normal, healthy, person, the average person walking around — wearing a mask in public places and everywhere you go is more detrimental to your health and well being then not wearing one. So that’s what we are advocating against. Advocating against mandatory medical procedures, why? — because freedom is essential — that’s not a tagline — its the truth. If you don’t have freedom, you do not have a successful and content society. You have a controlled society, a suppressed society, an unhappy society. So if you give up this freedom and they say it’s just a mask, the next step — the next progression of us giving up our freedom is going to be the contact tracing that you see being more and more prevalent.”

He notes on masks being detrimental to your health, because not everyone changes their masks or washes them on a regular basis.

Also, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health published a review of literature, which states: “No evidence was found on the effectiveness of wearing surgical face masks to protect staff from infectious material in the operating room.” This refers to specifically, sterile, air conditioned, environments.

What organizations like Hugs Over Masks are advocating for are people’s civil liberties, and giving people the right to choose what’s best for them, the individual.

At the end of the day, they will not be silenced or mocked by the mainstream media, but instead they thank the mainstream media for bringing more publicity to the event.

Organizer Vlad Sobolev. Picture from https://hugsovermasks.nationbuilder.com/

“Any media exposure that we get, even though they try to spin negatively what we’re doing, we actually say thank you for the publicity, because as long as the media is talking about us, more people will know about us. So even though they tried to put a negative spin, I’m still happy they’re talking about us, because people can find out about the movement,” said Vlad Sobolev, a key organizer for Hugs Over Masks.

One thing is certain — Diverge Media was glad to be on the ground to bring you the other side of the story.

More to come, stay tuned.

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