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Man arrested for wearing blackface to anti-black racism protest in Toronto

Man arrested for wearing blackface to anti-black racism protest in Toronto

A man was arrested in Toronto Saturday after showing up to an anti-racism protest while wearing blackface.

The man, whose name was not released by officials, was filmed getting into a shouting match with demonstrators after protest organizers asked him to leave.

“If I want to put this on my face then I can put this on my face!” the man can be heard saying in the clip before he was placed in custody.

“You’re f–king disrespectful!” a demonstrator shouts back. “You’re a shame to all who came here.”

The man then announced, “I’m not trying to be disrespectful–” but it appeared clear in the clip that none of the protesters bought that claim.

The demonstration was one of several to take place Saturday in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has sparked global protests against police brutality and racism.

Toronto bike police were filmed hauling him off as he continued to shout out protesters.

Police originally told Global News he was arrested for breach of the peace and charged, but later told the outlet no charges have been made and “inquiries continue.”

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