“Now, back to the demonstration,” said Winston. “What went down?
“At first it looked like there was going to be trouble and even violence,” answered Stephanie.
“A lot of wanna be Ogopogo Hunters were out in full force. Many of them were carrying weapons such as tire irons and baseball bats.”
“That sounds like what we were just watching on tv,” Winston joked, referring to pro wrestling.
“Yeah, only this was going to be for real. Those good ole boys were looking for a showdown with the demonstrators. All the Save Ogopogo people had were placards to defend themselves,” said Garry.
“That brings back bad memories of the demonstration in Chicago in 1968. I know. I was there and took a few good shots to the head from billy clubs from the police,” said Winston.
“So, did anything like that happen at the Ogopogo demonstration?” asked Wally as he put his can of Coke back on the coffee table.
“No, ironically, it was law enforcement that saved the day this time,” said Stephanie.
“Sheriff Anderson got up on the stage and let the good ole boys know, in no uncertain terms, that he and his crew weren’t going to tolerate any violence. He let them know, loud and clear, that the local law enforcement crew wouldn’t hesitate to start making arrests at the first sign of violent activity. The Sheriff also told the crowd that if the situation got out of hand he would definitely call in the RCMP for back up,” said Garry.
“Sheriff Anderson is a good man. He’s very level headed and knows how to take charge of a situation very quickly and efficiently,” said Winston.
“The head of the Department of Fisheries also spoke to the crowd,” said Stephanie. “He told the crowd that any boats seen on the lake would be stopped by The Harbor Patrol and searched for weapons of any kind.”