A Toronto man has been arrested and charged after he turned up to an anti-racism protest in blackface on Saturday.
The man, who has not been identified, showed up wearing black paint on his face at the event in Nathan Phillips Square, where protesters had gathered to call for an end to racism and police brutality.
Toronto police said the man was arrested and charged with breaching the peace.
As he was led away he shouted: ‘Don’t tell me go get a tan. I got a tan.’
Shocking footage circulated on social media shows the white man covered in black paint on his face and hands walking into the crowds of protesters.
His actions sparked outrage among peaceful protesters with some throwing water in his face and one man shouting that he was ‘disrespectful’.
The man is heard in the video shouting back saying: ‘If I want to put this on my face I can put this on my face.’
Toronto cops were then seen escorting the man away.
Police later confirmed the man had been arrested and charged over the highly offensive incident.
The shocking events took place as several events were held in Toronto Saturday calling for an end to racism against African-Americans.
Calls for change have been building in Canada following the death of 29-year-old black woman Regis Korchinski-Paquet in May.
She plummeted to her death from a 24th floor balcony while six cops were in the room at the time.
Korchinski-Paquet was reportedly suffering a mental health crisis, but questions have been building over the circumstances of her death.
Protests over her death have also united with global outrage over the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, with protesters marching around the globe demanding an end to police brutality and racism.
Floyd was killed during an arrest last Monday when white cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes until he passed out and died.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Rachel Sharp