York Regional Police have launched an investigation into a possible hate crime that took place last week at Canada's Wonderland. Police were alerted to the incident after a video of the Canada's Wonderland assault was posted on social media. A spokeswoman for the amusement park says an “altercation between guests” took place inside the entrance gates just after 4:00 PM on June 27th.
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CityNews reports that an 18-year-old woman in a hijab claims she was attacked after the altercation. The woman says that a man told her to go back to her country and even spit in her face. The alarming footage shows the verbal confrontation between the two parties, which quickly escalated to physical violence.
The Wonderland spokeswoman said in an email to CP24 that security “responded quickly and appropriately," forcing everyone involved to leave the park after an investigation.
A person claiming to be a friend of the victim wrote on Twitter, "We traveled from Ottawa, Ontario to Vaughan, Ontario ( a region not too far from Toronto) for the graduation trip we had been fundraising for all year. Just for it to be ruined in a matter of minutes. Justice for Safiya was not served, and the adults who attacked Safiya, as well as the York Regional police , and Wonderland Security must be held accountable."
More photo and video footage, as well as detailed accounts of the incident, were also posted on social media. To which York Regional Police responded with, "Hate Crime Unit investigators have been engaged in the investigation of an alleged assault at Wonderland Jun27 since the beginning, alongside #4 District detectives. We take every allegation of hate seriously and can assure our community it is being investigated thoroughly."
Const. Andy Pattenden told reporters on Sunday that a thorough investigation will be carried out by York Regional Police. Allegations of hate are taken seriously by the YRP, and it's clear that they are committed to taking the necessary actions.
More information will likely become available as the investigation unfolds.