Crimes are taking place in Canadian streets. That's nothing new.
What is new is that these aren't property crimes or even run-of-the-mill violent crimes. These are crimes against the right to peacefully protest -- or peacefully counter-protest.
These rights are supposed to be protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Constitutionally-entrenched, in fact. But it seems that some people in Canada do not seem to think those rights apply to everyone. And increasingly it seems that the police -- the people responsible for ensuring that Canadians can exercise this right, by protecting them from attack -- do not disagree.
First, it was an attack on a pro-Israel counter-protest outside Palestine House in Mississauga, ON. Previously, supporters of Palestine House had been content to shout anti-Semitic remarks and utter genocidal taunts at pro-Israel supporters. More recently, they attacked them while police looked on and did nothing.
Now, it will be up to Calgary police to do the same, as pro-Israel counter-protesters were surrounded and assaulted in downtown Calgary. And although those friendly to these protesters attempted to conceal the assault with sloppily-edited video, uncut video shows that anti-Israel protesters were the clear aggressors.
Calgary Police are still investigating the matter. But watching the videos, one thing is crystal clear: anti-Israel protesters were the aggressors. The assailants in question must be identified and charged.
The Charter rights of Canadians across the country depend on it. Canadians will be watching.