During a peaceful event downtown condemning racism, a racist incident occurred. One Toronto protest at Nathan Phillips Square was crashed by someone in blackface. Police removed the person from the area and made an arrest.
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On June 6, people gathered in Nathan Phillips Square for a peaceful walk for black lives lost to police brutality and racism.
That was unfortunately interrupted by someone who showed up in blackface.
As people protesting and showing their support stood in a circle in silence, the person in blackface stood among them before walking through the crowd.
After that, the person went to the other side of the circle with their middle finger up and stood next to people who were holding up signs and starting a black lives matter chant.
The person was asked to go by a number of people gathered in Nathan Phillips Square but did not make any moves to leave.
Police then intervened and confronted the person.
After that, they were escorted out of the square by officers.
As officers were removing the person from the square, many followed and were calling for their arrest.
According to CP24, the person has since been arrested by Toronto Police for breach of the peace and causing a disturbance.
#BREAKING: Someone wearing black face paint shows up at anti-Black racism protest at Nathan Phillips Square and is… https://t.co/qnJupG3s9J— Kamil Karamali (@Kamil Karamali)1591464423.0
More video: Police escort the person wearing black face paint out of Nathan Phillips Square — there are several peo… https://t.co/c5mBaS49oo— Kamil Karamali (@Kamil Karamali)1591465049.0
Warning: language . The man was sprayed with water before being taken away by police. #Toronto #Torontoprorest https://t.co/EHEgx4d1nf— Lucas Meyer (@Lucas Meyer)1591464531.0
After the person in blackface was removed by police, the people who gathered walked peacefully from Nathan Phillips Square to Yonge-Dundas Square.
Black Lives Matter Toronto is not involved in organizing any of the protests or marches that are taking place this weekend.