VIDEO: Yellow Vest protesters will continue government opposition into 2019

Yellow Vest organizer in Williams Lake Tyler Hamm plans to continue protesting into 2019. Angie Mindus photos
The group invites the public to come down Saturday to see what the Yellow Vest Protest is all about.

Yellow Vest protesters took to the streets in Williams Lake for the third time Dec. 29 to make their displeasure of the current governments known.

“We are sick and tired of the government running amok on us,” said Tyler Hamm, protest organizer in Williams Lake.

About a dozen protesters and their children lined Oliver Street at Herb Gardner Park Tuesday in Williams Lake wearing yellow vests and carrying signs with patriotic slogans such as “Truth North Strong and Free” and “I Love Canada.”

Yellow Vest protests began in France last month but soon caught on in other countries, and provinces, with each group having somewhat different reasons for protesting.

For Albertans, Yellow Vest protests have become a symbol of job loss and the hopes of pushing through the pipeline.

In Williams Lake, protesters want to see the current federal government resign due to what they say are too many increases in taxes.

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Williams Lake protester George Chignell said he is taking a stand to show government that the people need more of a say in how and when taxes are increased.

“I’m protesting this business with the government of adding taxes to things without even having a vote in parliament, so we have no say — even our MLAs don’t a have a say — in what they’re doing. They’re just shoving these things down our throats and I’ve had enough of it really. Whatever they feel, goes.”

Hamm said the group will be at Herb Gardner Park every Saturday over the lunch hour until they see change, and invite the public to come down and have a coffee and hot dog and see what they are all about.


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