An angry protester threw stones at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail.
The incident took place on Monday as Trudeau, seeking a third term in office in snap elections later this month, was leaving an event at a microbrewery in London.
Someone in the crowd threw what appeared to be a handful of gravel at the prime minister, TV images showed. Trudeau, members of his security detail and journalists were reportedly struck, but one was injured.
Trudeau hit with a handful of stones as he gets on his bus in London, Ontario. pic.twitter.com/oyuw2gizWu
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Accordingly, the incident drew condemnation from Trudeau’s main rival, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, and New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh.
Trudeau, who is now in a statistical dead heat with O’Toole, has faced off on several recent occasions with what he described as “anti-vaxxer mobs” angry with his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Protesters enraged over proposed mandatory coronavirus vaccines and other crisis measures have shouted racial and misogynist slurs at his entourage. Last week, he was forced to cancel an event over security concerns.
“Yes, there is a small fringe element in this country that is angry, that doesn’t believe in science, that is lashing out with racist, misogynistic attacks,” the Prime Minister said at a campaign stop.
“But Canadians, the vast majority of Canadians, are not represented by them, and I will not allow those voices, those special interest groups, those protesters — I don’t even want to call them protesters, those anti-vaxxer mobs — to dictate how this country gets through this pandemic”