Organizer of Hugs Over Masks protest in Hamilton charged: police

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HAMILTON — Police say the organizer of an anti-mask protest that took place in Hamilton last weekend has been charged.

They say more than 100 people attended the event – called Hugs Over Masks – that was held outside city hall to protest against COVID-19 restrictions.

Police say they had warned the 26-year-old organizer that the event would be an offence under the Reopening Ontario Act.

The limit for outdoor public gatherings in Hamilton at the time was 100 people.

Police say that despite their warning, the organizer went ahead with the protest.

If convicted, they may face a minimum fine of $10,000.


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