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I was leaving work and saw a bunch of cops and a blonde woman in the area behind the Nathan Phillips Square stage. she looked familiar so I looked closer and yep, it was F*ith G*ldy. (thread)
she and a group of her supporters had come there to antagonize the people who had gathered at the square to observe the International Day to End Racism. #FightRacism
I only caught the tail end of the event. an undocumented immigrant spoke passionately about human rights and asylum. Colombian artist Ruben Esguerra serenaded the crowd with music.
what could have been a day where #Toronto celebrated the bare minimum of being decent human beings was instead marred by white supremacists in MAGA hats and yellow vesters who were there to remind us that we can't have this day without them.
it has only been a week since the #ChristChurchMassacre where a white supremacist took the logical end point of values that the guy in the MAGA hat above espoused. they know what they're doing and what impact it has on people like us.
the police circled around the MAGA guy to protect him from the crowd chanting at him to leave. we're just keeping the peace, an officer told me. an East African woman was in near tears seeing this. MAGA guy was smug the whole time.
she told the cops that if the situation was reversed, and it was someone like her antagonizing a gathering in this square, that she would have been arrested immediately.
towards the end, the media circled around the MAGA guy, and gave him exactly the kind of attention he was seeking by being there.
we asked the reporters why they were giving people like him spotlight. a svelte reporter with a Louis Vuitton backpack on her shot back at us and told us this was her job. that she needed to hear “both sides.”
the MAGA guy left shortly after, satisfied at what he'd achieved. on my ride home, I couldn't stop thinking of the East African woman. how she kept exhorting the MAGA guy to remove the hat. this is Canada, she kept saying.

this is Canada. this is Canada. this is #Canada.
the fascist group PEGIDA is planning an anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rally this Sat (tomorrow) at 1 pm from University Ave and Armoury St. pls show up (if you can) to resist them and join the fight against Islamophobia + white supremacy. #Toronto

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