22 people charged following anti-mask protest, pro-Palestine protest at Hamilton City Hall

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Published May 17, 2021 at 1:28 am

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Police say they’ve laid 22 charges following two protests at City Hall today.

A Hugs Over Masks protest with over 20 people in attendance, as well as a pro-Palestine protest with nearly a thousand people in attendance, both took place at City Hall on Sunday.

“At both events, the number of attendees exceeded the number permitted for an outdoor gathering,” police said.

Eight people were charged at the Hugs Over Mask protest and 12 at the pro-Palestine protest.

Two organizers of the pro-Palestine protest were also charged under the Reopening Ontario Act.

“Due to the large crowds present at the pro-Palestine event, police will continue to review the incident in the coming days and may lay further charges,” police added.

“Hamilton Police are reminding the public that participation in such events could result in charges being laid pursuant to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.”

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