Pegida Canada, an organization that is dedicated “to protect and preserve the democratic freedoms,” has sent an open letter to John Tory the Mayor of Toronto urging him to allow road-painting “DEFEND the Police”.
Open letter sent to Mayor John Tory, cc’d to Chief of Police, Toronto
July 2, 2020
Dear Mayor Tory,
On June 19, 2020 Black Lives Matter Toronto (BLMTO) held a demonstration in downtown Toronto. The protesters blocked College Street and painted on the road in front of Police headquarters “DEFUND THE POLICE.”
A few days later, protesters affiliated with BLMTO occupied Nathan Phillips Square and painted anti-Police graffiti all across the square.
In both cases the City and the Police did nothing to prevent the vandalism from taking place. In fact, the City of Toronto willfully turned its streets into a forum for public expression.
Pegida Canada seeks equal access to use this new forum to educate Canadians by painting in front of Police headquarters “DEFEND THE POLICE” as a message of gratitude to the Police officers who risk their life to keep all Torontonians safe.
We respectfully ask you to give us a permit/permission to express our views in a manner similar to BLMTO.