Residents clean up scene of huge Mississauga Diwali celebration

Published October 26, 2022 at 3:43 pm

Dozens of residents banded together this week to clean up a large parking lot in the Malton area of Mississauga that was the scene of a fight among 400 to 500 people celebrating Diwali on Monday night (Oct. 24).

A Twitter post on Tuesday included a short video clip showing people with brooms tidying up the Goreway and Etude Drs. parking lot where on Monday night hundreds of people gathered to mark the annual festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains.

After a skirmish broke out, Peel Regional Police were called to the scene just after 9:30 p.m.

One man was injured in the confrontation, which had settled down by about 10:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, video surfaced online of what appears to be the brawl between hundreds of people celebrating Diwali in Mississauga.

The footage posted on TikTok shows two large crowds at a Diwali celebration separated by police officers as fireworks can be heard in the background.

Garbage from what appears to be used fireworks litters the ground where the stand-off took place. One group can be seen waving Indian flags, while the other held banners supporting the Khalistan referendum movement.

A police spokesperson said the video circulating online is likely of the same incident. The video had been watched over 200,000 times on TikTok as of 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

–with files from Ryan Rumbolt

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