Far-right groups and counter-protesters gathered at an anti-Muslim, anti-refugee rally at the corner of University and Armoury Streets, steps from City Hall, on Saturday.
Speaking ahead of the rally, Mayor John Tory said he strongly condemns the “ideology and tactics of white supremacists.”
The Proud Boys, the Northern Guard and the 3-per center militia were among the groups reportedly planning to attend the rally.
But counter-protesters vastly outnumbered those from far-right groups. “Toronto against Facism” said it was planning to protest the rally and shut it down “to stand against Islamophobia, racism, and fascism.”
Several police vans and uniformed officers were at the scene and blocked off an area to make sure the two groups are kept separate.
I strongly condemn the ideology & tactics of white supremacists planning to demonstrate & disrupt today in our city. There is no place for them in our Toronto. I’ve spoken to Chief @marksaunderstps. He assures me police are aware of event & plans are in place to deal with it.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) March 23, 2019
The protest happened less than 48 hours after a scuffle broke our at a vigil for the New Zealand mosque terror attack victims and anti-racism rally at Nathan Philips Square. Police moved in quickly after a shoving match between attendees and a group of far-right supporters started. No one was charged in the incident.