Trudeau’s Toronto occasion with Italy PM Meloni cancelled attributable to pro-Palestinian protest

A Toronto occasion the place Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was scheduled to host his Italian counterpart was cancelled on Saturday night attributable to safety considerations as lots of of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered exterior the venue, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Workplace stated. 

Justin Trudeau’s workplace says neither he nor Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni had been in a position to enter the Artwork Gallery of Ontario (AGO), which went into lockdown over the protests.

Demonstrators criticized the federal authorities’s dealing with of the Israel-Hamas battle and chanted that Trudeau was funding a genocide in Gaza.

Police instructed CBC Information there have been roughly 200 to 300 protesters exterior the AGO on Saturday, however famous it was troublesome to estimate the entire dimension of the demonstration as protesters gathered exterior a number of entrances.

“As a consequence of safety considerations, the occasion was cancelled,” a spokesperson for the PMO instructed CBC Information on Saturday evening by way of e-mail. 

Would-be attendees gathered exterior had been confronted by demonstrators, with their paths to entry blocked. Some had been later escorted to the constructing’s entrance by police.

Professional-Palestinian protesters block the entrances to the Artwork Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on Saturday. (Christian Paas-Lang/CBC)

Worldwide Improvement Minister Ahmed Hussen tried to enter by means of the principle entrance, however protesters blocked his path and adopted him for 2 blocks as he tried to enter a safer location whereas flanked by police.

“You’re complicit within the genocide. Your arms are purple. You’re complicit within the homicide of my members of the family and my mates,” one demonstrator stated to him.

Meloni, Italy’s prime minister since 2022, was in Toronto for conferences with Trudeau. The 2 G7 leaders mentioned a variety of subjects, together with what Meloni referred to as the “very troublesome Center East disaster.”

Israel declared battle on Hamas following an Oct. 7 assault that noticed 1,200 folks killed and a few 250 kidnapped by the Islamist militants, in keeping with Israeli tallies.

The next navy operation by Israel in Hamas-controlled Gaza has now killed greater than 30,000 folks, most of them ladies and youngsters, Gaza well being officers say.

Canada, which considers Hamas a terrorist group, has repeatedly stated that Israel has the fitting to defend itself, however Ottawa has extra not too long ago referred to as for a ceasefire within the battle because of the deteriorating humanitarian disaster in Gaza.

Police stand guard outside a building as protesters gather nearby.
Police stand guard exterior the Artwork Galley of Ontario in Toronto on Saturday as pro-Palestinian protesters collect. (Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Photographs)

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