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Toronto police release photos of suspects wanted in violent protest at Eritrean festival

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Friday, 29 September 2023

Toronto police release photos of suspects wanted in violent protest at Eritrean festival

Toronto Police are seeking to identify three suspects following a confrontation that became violent during a festival at Earlscourt Park last month.
Suspects sought in an assault investigation at Earlscourt Park on Aug. 5, 2023. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

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September 29, 2023 

Police have now released images of three suspects who were allegedly involved in a violent confrontation at the Eritrean Festival at Earlscourt Park last month.

Investigators previously confirmed that at least nine people were wounded on Aug. 5 after a protest broke out at the festival in the west-end park, located near Caledonia Road and St. Clair Avenue West.

The event, which was advertised as a family-friendly festival, drew many protesters, who said they were there to speak out against the government of Eritrea and discourage people from donating money to the cause.

But those who attended previously told CTV News Toronto that the protest quickly spun out of control, resulting in violent altercations between festival-goers and protesters.

One of the injured attendees sustained stab wounds and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police also allege that the protesters damaged property during the altercation.

On Thursday, Toronto police released images of suspects wanted in connection with the incident. Police have not said what charges they are facing.

Anyone with information about the case can contact police at 416-808-1300, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477). 


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News Release

Suspects Sought in Assault Investigation,
Earlscourt Park

Unit:

 
13 Division

Case #: 2023-1821011

 

Published: Thursday, September 28, 2023, 11:58 AM


The Toronto Police Service is seeking the public's assistance identifying suspects wanted in an Assault investigation.

On Saturday, August 5, 2023, at approximately 10 a.m., police were called to a protest at Earlscourt Park.

It is reported that:

  • members of the Eritrean community were holding an annual festival in the park
  • a large group of protesters attended the festival and became confrontational
  • the protesters damaged property and assaulted several people

Images of suspects have been released. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at www.222tips.com.

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Toronto police have released images of suspects wanted in connection with a violent confrontation at the Eritrean Festival at Earlscourt Park last month.

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Toronto police have released images of suspects wanted in connection with a violent confrontation at the Eritrean Festival at Earlscourt Park last month.

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Toronto police have released images of suspects wanted in connection with a violent confrontation at the Eritrean Festival at Earlscourt Park last month.


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