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Man arrested after attending Toronto anti-Black racism protest in blackface: police

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Toronto police say a man was arrested after he attended a protest against anti-Black racism in blackface on Saturday.

The man showed up to the event at Nathan Phillips Square and was told to leave by demonstrators.

The man claimed he “was not trying to be disruptive” despite his highly-offensive appearance.

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He had water thrown on his face before Toronto police officers escorted him away.

Police initially told Global News he was arrested for breach of the peace and charged, but have since said no charges have been laid and “inquiries continue.”

Various demonstrations were held throughout Toronto on Saturday with protesters marching through the streets demanding an end to anti-Black racism.

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George Floyd protests: Demonstrators against anti-Black racism gather in downtown Toronto – Jun 6, 2020

Anti-racism protests have been held throughout the world since the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes during an arrest.

In Toronto, the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet has also led to calls for change. The 29-year-old Black woman died after falling from her balcony during an interaction with police after a call for mental health assistance.

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