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Three charged following January pro-Palestinian demonstration in Toronto office

Toronto Police lettering is shown on the side of a police vehicle in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug.2, 2023. Toronto Police say three people have been arrested after forcing their way into a business and protesting inside it.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan

TORONTO — A pro-Palestine group says some of its supporters have been arrested for protesting inside a Toronto business it claims is linked with Israeli causes.

The group, which calls itself Jews Say No To Genocide, says in a statement that dozens of people went into the offices of Awz Ventures around Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue West on Jan. 31 and held a demonstration.

Police say a 33-year-old woman, a 37-year-old woman and 41-year-old man were arrested.

All three are charged with mischief to property, being members of an unlawful assembly and failing to leave the premises when asked.

Police allege several people unlawfully gained access to a private business, and that the accused obstructed the operation of the business and failed to leave when directed.

In a statement, Jews Say No To Genocide says Toronto Police are on the wrong side of history and accuses them of selectively enforcing the law.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 15, 2024.

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