Peterborough police have laid charges against a second person after violence broke out at a Sept. 30 counter-rally to a planned white nationalists rally at Confederation Square.
Violence broke out during the event after hundreds gathered in the square as part of Solidarity Weekend, a show of unity in response to an anti-immigration rally planned by a white nationalist group that ended up not happening.
The violence started at about 2:45 p.m. when several people covered their faces with bandanas.
One of the protesters – who gave the name Jane Way when interviewed by The Examiner – was initially arrested and held in a police cruiser before being released.
The investigation revealed that the name the protester provided to officers at the time of arrest was false, police said Thursday. The real identity was confirmed after further investigation.
“During the rally police attempted to remove a person from the crowd by escorting them to a police cruiser,” city police state in a release. “At that point an unknown protester concealing their identity emerged from the crowd and struck the person in the head. The protester was initially arrested and subsequently released unconditionally. The investigation revealed that the name the protester provided to officers at the time of arrest was false.”
Police later identified the suspect and went to a Toronto home on Oct. 5.
A 22-year-old Wolfe St. man was also arrested after the man in the Nazi T-shirt was punched on the south side of the square, police said previously. Owen Lucas was charged with assault causing bodily harm.