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Assault charge over car-swerving incident at Gaza protest near B.C. legislature

By The Canadian Press on December 15, 2023.

Pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrate during the B.C. NDP convention at the Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, B.C. onNov. 19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

VICTORIA – A man who allegedly accelerated his car toward a pro-Palestinian protester near the British Columbia legislature earlier this month has been charged with assault and dangerous driving.

Victoria Police say the man is facing one count of assault with a weapon and one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle in charges sworn on Thursday.

Police say the man, who was arrested on Dec. 3 moments after the 2 p.m. incident, remains in custody.

The incident was caught on a video that was circulated on social media, showing a car narrowly missing a protester on the sidewalk.

The driver is then seen arguing with another protester before police intervene to separate them.

British Columbia’s human rights commissioner said in November that the Israel-Hamas war has triggered a rise in violent and discriminatory incidents toward both Jewish and Muslim people in the province.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 15, 2023.

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