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Anti-Trudeau, anti-racism demonstrators clash in Toronto; four arrested

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Published: 08:52 GMT, Oct 22, 2017 |
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A group of anti-Trudeau protesters and anti-racism counter-demonstrators clashed in Toronto on Saturday.

According to organizers, the anti-Trudeau protest was planned as a means of expressing displeasure with the Liberal government’s tax policies, spending and controversial multi-million dollar settlement with former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr.

Held at Nathan Phillips Square, the protest was met by counter-demonstrators who accused the former group of using an anti-Trudeau stance as a veneer for far-right and racist views.

Police separated the two sides and oversaw the tense standoff. Behind them, protestors held signs expressing both anti-Islam and pro-free speech views while many counter-demonstrators held signs urging tolerance and love.

At least one woman was injured during the dueling demonstrations and an officer was assaulted. According to police, four people were arrested for disturbing the peace.

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