A man threw a bucket of liquid on protesters at the Justice for Regis march in Toronto
Protesters marching on Bloor Street West yesterday for Regis Korchinski-Paquet had liquid thrown on them from an upper floor apartment.
The liquid was a mixture of water and cleaning Pine-Sol and it was thrown from the window of an apartment at 436 Bloor Street West above a Home Hardware.
This dude pours water on protestors. Racism is alive and well in Canada. #torontoprotest pic.twitter.com/rx2A29DwWP— elliston (@ellistonmusic) May 30, 2020
Photos show an angry crowd of hundreds of people below. Video shows a huge bucket of liquid being thrown out of a window which quickly shuts and protesters shouting in opposition from the street afterwards.
436 Bloor St W in Toronto the man who lives up there took it upon himself to walk toss a bucket of bleach on protesters today so if anyone feels like paying him a visit 🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/9rEK08DJ7V— sandy ₍˄·͈༝·͈˄*₎◞ (@sndgms) May 30, 2020
At first, protesters thought the liquid might have just been water, but those splashed below were then saying they thought it was bleach.
I was there when it happened. This man is disgusting. pic.twitter.com/tEdTvcuGqp— J (@__jjennyy) May 30, 2020
While nobody was seriously hurt by the attack, the liquid did splash on several people with one person getting the majority of it.
Apparently someone threw an orange at the apartment window after the liquid was poured.
we were walking with the crowd down the street, he opened his window to yell at protesters and that is why we all stopped initially, then he came back with the bucket.— sandy ₍˄·͈༝·͈˄*₎◞ (@sndgms) May 31, 2020
People are also reporting on social media that initially a man in the apartment came to the window to yell at protesters, which is why they had stopped outside the apartment before the liquid was thrown.
Yesterday's protests were peaceful overall, with no escalation to violence from the participants.
The article initially referred to the substance as bleach. A spokesperson from Home Hardware says that the liquid was water with cleaning Pine-Sol and the tenant in the building was using it to clean his floors at the time of the protest.
Home Hardware is not associated with this individual and had nothing to do with the man's actions. Since the incident occurred they have been the subject of attacks. A brick was thrown through the glass door leading to the apartments. The store has been in business for 98 years in The Annex and has been "proud supporters in the community."
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