Man charged after ‘homophobic and racist’ disturbance at Saskatoon Delight occasion

Saskatoon police arrested a man on Broadway Avenue after disrupting a Pride event Wednesday night.

A Pridewalk painting event – which painted the sidewalk in the colors of the rainbow and trans flags – was held when a man confronted the group, according to a video on Instagram of the incident.

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Saskatoon Broadway Pride Incident – Jun 11, 2021

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In the video, the man is shown trying to remove a barricade that is blocking the event from the street.

“You guys are getting totally stupid,” he yelled several times on the tape as the group tried to get him to leave before a member called the police.

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A 71-year-old man from Quill Lake, Sask., Was charged with causing disturbance, according to Saskatoon police. Nobody was injured in the incident.

In a Facebook post, OUTSaskatoon wrote that the man’s actions were “fueled by homophobic and racist comments trying to incite violence”.

“Pride began as a protest against the violence and discrimination we face as a community … there are still many fundamental rights and freedoms to fight for.”

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Mayor Charlie Clark showed his support for the LGBTQ2 community in a Facebook post.

“We’ve been tested as a community lately,” he wrote. “Now is the time to support the 2SLGBTQ + and all communities to stand up against homophobia, transphobia and all forms of discrimination.”

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The 71-year-old man was released after an appearance, according to Saskatoon police, and is expected to appear in court on November 24th.

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