This month, a protest in Canada was captured on video, and the experience showed civilians and police as they ran around chaotically. In the process, a child was pepper-sprayed, and many netizens are upset.
Footage of the protest which took place in Canada has gone viral. Journalist Zane Woodford recorded as a young girl, was "maced" by Halifax Regional Police in Nova Scotia.
The 10-year-old victim, Lennita Fagan, and her father planned to spend the day in the park when they were caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Police and protestors can be seen as they engage in an altercation | Photo: Twitter/zwoodford
POLICE USED PEPPER SPRAY
In the clip, police seemingly use pepper spray to cause protestors to scatter and run away. With sirens blaring and citizens running in different directions, the scenes are tumultuous.
According to witnesses, the municipality has not assisted the people who are being evicted. These individuals have nowhere else to go, and thus the citizens are demanding action.
A police officer can be seen walking toward protestors with his hand raised | Photo: Twitter/zwoodford
RESIDENTS WERE TOLD TO LEAVE
Woodford explained: “The municipality posted notices on tents and delivered them to residents telling them to remove their tents and belongings from parks.” He continued by stating that these unhoused residents were afraid and concerned.
Some people questioned why children were taking part in protests.
Woodford also spoke to individuals who were evicted, and he recalled that they were simply instructed to “leave the peninsula.” In a tweet, Halifax Mutual Aid asked what would happen to these hundreds of people.
Protestors react to police who have been violent with them | Photo: Twitter/zwoodford
CALLING OUT THE POLICE
Halifax police’s actions at the protest upset many residents. The act of pepper-spraying a child was an alarming moment for many because they did not expect it from officers of the law.
In his notes, Woodford also called out the police. He stated:
“So @MikeSavageHFX & @hfxgov Councillors are doing the opposite of what they promised & using violence to tear away what little shelter & safety people forced onto the street have.”
Protestors run across the street as police take action against them | Photo: Twitter/zwoodford
The online community had a lot to say about the protest. Some people questioned why children were taking part in protests. One user defended children and said people who blame them, and not the cops, are in the wrong.
The user also said:
“I attended my first protest at 10 & organized one at 11. Every Canadian has the right to peacefully protest, regardless of age.”
A protestor covers their face and runs away from a police officer | Photo: Twitter/zwoodford
THE GIRL IS FEELING BETTER
Lennita's father, Georgie Fagan, shared how she was holding up since the incident. He expressed: "She’s pretty upset about it, but she’s smiling today."
Fagan also explained that he was trying to leave the protest area with his daughter, but it was “impossible when everybody was running and screaming." Fortunately, they eventually managed to make it out, and his little girl is feeling better now.
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