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06/07/2020 12:22 EDT | Updated 06/07/2020 13:20 EDT

Man Shows Up To Toronto Anti-Black Racism Protest In Blackface

He was charged with breaching the peace.

A man was arrested Saturday for showing up to an anti-black racism protest in blackface, Toronto police said.

The man has been charged with one count of breach of the peace for his offensive racist makeup, police confirmed to HuffPost Canada. 

Videos from the protest show the man arguing with protesters at Nathan Philips Square, until police officers come over to escort him away.

Police did not release the name of the suspect. 

The downtown protest was one of several in Toronto over this past week in response to the deaths of George Floyd and Regis Korchinski-Paquet. Floyd was a Black man in Minneapolis who died when a white police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest. 

Korchinski-Paquet was a Black woman, who fell to her death from her apartment balcony in the presence of Toronto police last month. They had been called to respond to a family conflict. 

Many stores boarded up their windows and doors in case of vandalism or rioting, but protests remained peaceful throughout the weekend.

Toronto police arrested one other man on Saturday, who was seen holding a large knife, while watching the protest. Police found three knives on him, according to a news release. The man was charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

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