Jody Kaliszuk stands in support of a Yellow Vest Movement peaceful protest at Vernon Law Courts Saturday, Jan. 26. (Katherine Peters/Morning Star)

Yellow vests protest at Vernon courthouse Saturday

Protesters took to the steps of the Vernon courthouse Saturday.

Once again, the Okanagan “yellow vest” members lined the courthouse steps Saturday in protest of the Liberal government.

The Yellow Vest Movement began in France on Nov. 17 after the French government planned to increase a fuel tax. Even after the plans to increase the tax were revoked, protests continued. It quickly gained momentum and spread to various countries around the world.

The Canada’s Yellow Vest protest group say they focus on a variety of issues including: anti-tax, sovereignty, immigration, free speech, free press, energy, reform and peace. Vernon’s group first protested at the local courthouse in mid-December. They said they are taking their cue from the vest-wearing protesters in France.

Related: Yellow Vest movement rallied in Vernon Saturday

“The reason I’m out here is that my father fought in the Second World War, took a bullet in his head for this country and I was raised that you protect your country’s democracy and you question when you see something arise within your governance that impacts your future generations, it is your obligation as a citizen to step up, stand up and denounce it,” said protester Carol Boehm.

She said the group hopes to encourage citizens to question governmental changes to bills and research the changes to see how it will affect citizens.

Related: French yellow vest protesters number 32,000

Related: Letter: Yellow Vests are no gilets jaunes

To report a typo, email:
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com
.


@VernonNews
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Vernon history in pictures

Grand opening of downtown Safeway store from 1965

Enderby firefighter steps up to challenge

Andrew Haak will be one of hundreds of firefighters taking part in the Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge in Calgary on May 5

Okanagan Rail Trail a popular place

Thousands pack North Okanagan section over long weekend

Director brings terror of Macbeth back to Vernon

“Something wicked this way comes.”

Social media flooded with love for woman found dead on Kelowna beach

“We lost a sister. Because that is what we are it is a sisterhood and I can’t help but feel anything but sadness.”

VIDEO: Okanagan fire victim Amy Hansen speaks out on the loss of her four pets

A gofundme page has been started for Hansen, with $1,140 raised of a $5000 goal to help her rebuild

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

West Kelowna fire under control

A fire broke out just above Bear Creek Provincial Park Monday

SPCA investigating hen cull at Shuswap egg farm

Egg farm regulator says they are confident cull at was done properly

Counterpoint Choir spreading the news in Vernon

Award-winning director Coreen Smith retiring

Kelowna Boat Show highlights abandoned boat program

The 24th annual Kelowna Boat Show hits shores April 27 and 28.

Most Read