Toronto’s police department used force to protect white supremacist and other hate groups as they marched in downtown Toronto. The event occured on Saturday, September 8th and was organized by PEGIDA.

PEGIDA is a far-right anti-Islam, xenophobic group who have been called “Nazis in pinstripes”.

PEGIDA was joined by far-right white supremacy groups, including Soldiers of Odin, Proud Boys and III%ers. Each of these groups has a history of violence, xenophobia and white nationalism.

Photo evidence of police protecting these hate groups was captured by reporters and rally participants.

It is unclear why the police were protecting these groups. We will update this story when we learn more.