Trudeau cancels appearance at Surrey fundraiser over protest-related safety concerns | CBC News


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cancelled plans to attend a Liberal occasion fundraising dinner in Surrey on Tuesday night on account of security considerations over a big gathering of protesters outdoors the occasion.

Protesters allegedly harassed and hurled racial slurs at attendees and volunteers, a lot of whom have been South Asian, based on Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai. 

The fundraiser was being held at Aria banquet corridor.

Sarai says {that a} group of protesters have been stationed outdoors the entrance gates of the occasion, ultimately rising to round 100 folks.

“They simply began swearing, yelling, screaming at anybody that was going via,” mentioned Sarai.

“We had lots of South Asian volunteers… that have been harassed, sworn at, known as towel head, rag head, you are all immigrants.”

He says it is unclear what the group was truly protesting.

Surrey RCMP confirmed in a press release that there have been a number of autos and bigger vans towing trailers that have been travelling “in a convoy type loop across the roadway.”

“Because of the measurement and composition of the protest group and for the protection of everybody in attendance, a choice was made that it was not secure for the prime minister to attend the placement,” mentioned Cpl. Vanessa Munn.

Trudeau didn’t enter the constructing and spoke to a crowd for about three minutes by Zoom as a substitute of creating a speech in individual. Trudeau mentioned he would return to see his supporters in Surrey sooner or later.

WATCH | Justin Trudeau speak in regards to the unruly crowd and its impression on free speech:

Trudeau says no person needs to be intimidated for supporting a political occasion

The prime minister feedback on protesters yelling racial slurs at an occasion he was compelled to cancel.

Wednesday, at an occasion in Saskatoon, Trudeau addressed what occurred on the fundraiser in Surrey, including that no person needs to be intimidated for supporting a political occasion.

“The protection of Canadians selecting to make their voices heard in politics ought to by no means be in query because it was final evening,” he mentioned.

“The basic freedoms now we have as a rustic, and we get pleasure from as Canadians, have to be defended, have to be protected.”

Protesters swore at Prime Minister

Protesters used expletives as they chanted towards Trudeau and honked horns outdoors the conference centre. About half a dozen RCMP officers stood by watching the group.

Sarai says the protesters turned the occasion right into a hostile atmosphere.

“This isn’t reflective of Surrey in any respect,” he mentioned.

“Surrey is a really numerous metropolis, a really pleasant metropolis, a really welcoming metropolis.”

And whereas he respects the general public’s proper to protest, he says “it’s best to by no means spew hate and use the vulgarity that was getting used there.”

Protests towards occasion leaders

Earlier this month, police started investigating after a video circulated on social media confirmed folks hurling verbal abuse at NDP Chief Jagmeet Singh throughout a protest in Peterborough, Ont.

The federal NDP chief had dropped by the marketing campaign workplace of an Ontario NDP candidate operating within the provincial election.

A video reveals Singh encountering protesters as he left the marketing campaign workplace, and they are often heard shouting expletives at him and calling him a “traitor”‘ as he will get inside a automobile.

Singh later instructed reporters he discovered the expertise “intense, threatening [and] insulting”‘ however that he’s extra frightened about what it means for politics normally.

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