It’s mid-February, 2022 and New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the relaxing of the state’s face masking mandates. She had re-imposed said mandates in December, as cold and flu season started up, and claimed her measures would help contain covid infections. Unlike the prior two years, for this round of restrictions, many county governments openly rebelled and publicly stated that they would not enforce Hochul’s orders.
On the other hand, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz strongly supports Hochul’s assumed authority. Most city of Buffalo residents appreciated Poloncarz’s tough-guy stance, but several of the smaller towns within the county issued statements condemning their county-level overlords.
All this is happening as most other places in the USA have dropped their covid-era restrictions.
Meanwhile in Canada, the restrictions are even more onerous than Hochul’s and for the past three weeks, massive protests lead by Canadian truck drivers have disrupted the capitol city of Ottawa.
The Canadian protests have inspired many Americans and daily demonstrations were held in Western New York from Friday through Sunday, February 11-13.
Attending protests has become a hobby of mine since Covid Pandamania began in March, 2020. I’ve shot photos at Black Lives Matter in Buffalo, attended several anti-lockdown protests around Buffalo and traveled to Washington DC twice, once for Black Lives Matter and again for the January 6 rally disputing the election. Subjectively speaking, it seems that the Canadian truck protests have breathed new life into coronavirus activists. These recent demonstrations had the highest energy and the highest morale since the lockdowns began.
Here are my photos from Day 2 on February 12 the weekend’s protests. I’ll post photos from Day 3 and a video once they’re ready.