- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2018

Police are reportedly investigating after another pro-life protester was attacked during a Toronto rally last week.

Two videos posted on YouTube by Toronto Against Abortion showed the attack on Oct. 1 near Ryerson University, in which an irate woman is seen approaching anti-abortion protesters Blaise Alleyne and Katie Somers and destroying their signs, Global News reported.

In the videos, shot from two different angles, the attacker is seen throwing multiple objects at the pro-lifers and then violently shoving Ms. Somers and “yanking her by the backpack, taking more property out of her bag and throwing it. Ms. Somers screams for the woman to stop as the woman’s friends plead with her to “think carefully about this.”

“She kicked our signs, shoved them down. They fell down my leg, injuring me,” Ms. Somers told Global News. “And then I tried to run away, while she picked up a metal dolly and threw it at me and then proceeded to shove me, wrestle me around by my backpack and try to get me to fight her.”

Toronto Against Abortion identified the woman as Gabriela Skwarko, an assistant at Ryerson’s Social Innovation Office and a member of the pro-abortion rights group Ryerson Reproductive Justice Collective, Global News reported.

Responding to the videos, the Ryerson Reproductive Justice Collective alleged that Toronto Against Abortion has “assaulted us multiple times and giving into their view point and the way they’ve swung this is problematic and bad.”

The incident happened one day after Jordan Hunt was allegedly seen on video giving a roundhouse kick to an female pro-lifer at a Toronto rally in the area of Keele Street and Bloor Street West. He was arrested Saturday and charged with eight counts of assault and seven counts of mischief under $5,000.

As for the Oct. 1 incident, Ms. Somers said she is pressing charges against Ms. Skwarko and also plans to file a civil suit.

“We believe that the escalation of violence against peaceful pro-life protesters is becoming a problem and would like it to stop,” she told Global News.

“We don’t want our society to turn into a place where people are afraid to share their opinion,” she said.

Ryerson University did not respond to Global News’ request for comment.


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