Toronto Revokes Festival Eritrea Permit After Violent Clashes

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TORONTO — The city of Toronto says it revoked approval for a local Eritrean festival after demonstrations, which also included violent clashes, marred the first day of the event.

The city announced the move in a statement shared on social media, noting that the permit for Festival Eritrea had been revoked at 10 p.m. Saturday night.

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It is noted that the festival had been held annually at Earlscourt Park for years prior to the Saturday incidents.

Toronto Police were called to the festival this morning to respond to violent clashes that left at least nine people hospitalized.

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Demonstrators rallied at the festival to protest, saying it supports the government of Eritrea, which human rights groups describe as one of the most repressive countries in the world.

Although a large police presence remained in the park after the morning’s events, tensions continued into the afternoon and evening, with protesters at times lining St. Clair Ave. blocked on Caledonia Park Road. Toronto Revokes Festival Eritrea Permit After Violent Clashes

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