Toronto Police Arrest Ten After Anti-COVID Rally in Downtown

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TORONTO – NEWS – Rallies against the Stay-at-Home and Lockdown orders continue in Toronto. From the protests in 2020 at Adamson’s Barbecue to continuing protests, all against a background of increased numbers of deaths, and cases of the virus, Toronto is facing a real challenge.

On Saturday, January 23, 2021, the Toronto Police Service monitored and attended several large gatherings including ones at Nathan Phillips Square, Yonge-Dundas Square, and Queen’s Park.

In total 10 people were arrested with seven of them now facing charges:

Alice Mullins, 51, was arrested at Yonge-Dundas Square and charged with:

1. Obstructing a Peace Officer

James Kerr, 57, was arrested at Yonge-Dundas Square and charged with:

1. Obstructing a Peace Officer

Robert Keith Bruce, 72, was arrested at Yonge-Dundas Square and charged with:

1. Obstructing a Peace Officer
2. Assault Police

Christopher Saccoccia, 38, was arrested at Yonge-Dundas Square and charged with:

1. Common Nuisance
2. Four counts of Public Mischief

Jake Elliot Begumart, 27, was arrested at Yonge-Dundas Square and charged with:

1. Obstructing a Peace Officer

Matthew Hayley, 24, was arrested at Yonge-Dundas Square and charged with:

1. Obstructing a Peace Officer

Iola Fortino, 57, was arrested at Yonge-Dundas Square and charged with:

1. Common Nuisance

Additionally, nine charges were laid against attendees at the gatherings for failing to comply with the emergency orders, and three charges under the Highway Traffic Act.

The Toronto Police Service continues to respond to calls to attend large gatherings and will take steps to disperse. Police will issue tickets and summonses to individuals when there is evidence of non-compliance of the provincial order under the EMCPA or the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA).


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