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Lauren Southern seconds after being assaulted. Photo: CIJnews

Journalists were assaulted by left-wing protesters at Toronto free speech rally

David Menzies, a journalist with The Rebel and Lauren Southern, an independent journalist, were assaulted on Sunday, March 19, 2017 while covering the protest in support of free speech at Toronto’s Nathan Philips Square.

Left wing protesters who participated in a counter demonstration swarmed Menzies and Southern and pushed them out of their area while chanting “Nazi scums”. In both cases Police officers intervened and separated the journalists from the crowd.

Later, left wing protesters assaulted free speech activists grabbing some of their signs and trampling them. CIJnews camera caught a masked woman in her 20s trying to tear apart a sign she snatched from the hands of a free speech protester and later trampling it under her feet. The sign that agitated her reads the following: “Imam Sheharyar Shaikh, Ahmed Abdul Qadir Qandeel, Shaykh Said Rageah: “Apostates [of] Islam should be executed.”

During the free speech march from Nathan Philips Square to CBC building, left wing activists attempted several times to break through police lines to clash with the rival protesters. Police officers forcefully pushed the rioters away.

See also:

  • Protest in front of CBC building: “CBC is fake news” (click HERE)

  • Anti M-103 protest: “We are the TRUE feminists” (click HERE)

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