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Three charged following ‘Hugs Over Masks’ protest at Hamilton City Hall

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Three charged following ‘Hugs Over Masks’ protest at Hamilton City Hall

A protest at City Hall this morning has resulted in three Hamilton residents–including the organizer of the event–being charged by police.

Police say 35 people attended the area to protest the current COVID restrictions, exceeding the number of attendees permitted for an outdoor gathering under the provincial legislation.

“Prior to the event, Hamilton Police identified the organizer and informed him that the planned gathering would be breaching offences under the Reopening Ontario Act and that charges would apply,” police said.

“The organizer went ahead with the event.”

The 26-year-old Hamilton male was charged with failing to comply with a continued section 7.0.2 order as per Ontario Regulation 364/20 of the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020, section 10.1(1).

He is liable for a minimum fine of $10,000 and has a court date scheduled for Jan. 11, 2021.

A 48-year-old male and 72-year-old male, both from Hamilton, have been charged as well.

Police took the opportunity to remind residents that participation in such events could result in charges being laid pursuant to the Reopening Ontario Act.

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