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Police 'overzealous' in handling of Al-Quds counter-protester: rights advocate
Toronto Police may have been "overzealous" in their handling of two Jewish protesters during an anti-Israel rally at Queen's Park last Saturday, says a civil liberties advocate.
Noa Mendelsohn Aviv, of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association said Tuesday there may have been a "problematic" double standard on the part of officers who allegedly threatened to charge a Jewish man who arrived at an Al-Quds Day rally carrying a large Israeli flag, as well as officers who allegedly handcuffed another man for bringing his dog to the Islamic demonstration.
"It appears, based on these incidents, that the police were being overzealous in their reactions to counter protesters," said Aviv. "Toronto Police need to exercise their authority to protect both the rights of protestors and of counter protesters, who also have a right to express their opinions and to use public space for this purpose."
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