Police lay charges after anti-lockdown rally at Yonge-Dundas Square

Toronto police arrested 10 people and charged seven of them after an anti-lockdown rally took place at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday.

Protests against health measures took place at Nathan Phillips Square, Yonge-Dundas Square and Queen’s Park, police said. The protests lasted for several hours and were not stopped by police right away.

The province has imposed a stay-at-home order and declared a second state of emergency, prohibiting outdoor gatherings of more than five people in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Police on Saturday charged Alice Mullins, 51, James Kerr, 57, Jake Elliott Begumart, 27, and Matthew Hayley, 24, with obstructing a police officer.

Robert Keith Bruce, 72, was charged with obstructing a peace officer and assaulting police.

Christopher Saccoccia, 38, was charged with common nuisance and four counts of public mischief, and Iola Fortino, 57, was charged with common nuisance.

Zena Salem is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: zsalem@thestar.ca — With files from The Canadian Press

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