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Canada Police arrest suspect in Hamilton, Ont. vandalism spree

21:46  06 april  2018
21:46  06 april  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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He is also known for local environmental activism. Hamilton police say Hopperton is the operator of The Tower — an anarchist gathering space and collective on Cannon Street East. In the wake of the vandalism spree

Hamilton police have arrested three people and issued warrants for three others in connection with a March vandalism spree along a popular downtown street.

A group of masked protesters carrying a banner reading, © Provided by Toronto Star A group of masked protesters carrying a banner reading, "We Are the Ungovernable" marches down Locke Street on March 3

Hamilton, Ont. police have charged a man they say is the operator of the anarchist collective, The Tower, in connection with the vandalism spree on Locke Street last month.

Peter Hopperton, 31, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

He's expected to appear in bail court Friday afternoon.

"We believe that he was taking part in (the March 3 vandalism)," Deputy Chief Dan Kinsella said during a news conference announcing the arrest Friday morning.

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Hamilton police arrest three suspects in Locke Street vandalism spree . Three outstanding suspects wanted in connection with a March 3 vandalism spree in Hamilton are seen in these handout photos provided by Hamilton police .

An eighth person has been arrested in connection with a vandalism spree in Hamilton earlier this year. Last week, police issued a warrant for a suspect in the case, and on Monday they say Andrew Cadotte, 27, was arrested in London, Ont ., over the weekend.

However, he declined to say what exactly Hopperton's alleged role was, saying the case is before the court.

"We believe that the individual is the operator of The Tower."

On March 3 a masked mob of about 30, dressed in black marched down Locke throwing rocks at cars and businesses and lighting fireworks. They caused about $100,000 damage.

Police previously said the group, which carried a banner that read: We Are The Ungovernable, was linked to the Hamilton Anarchist Book Fair that took place a few blocks away that weekend.

The vandalism rampage sparked an outpouring of support for small business owners on Locke.

The incident has been roundly denounced by politicians, with Hamilton city councillors voting to formally condemn the vandalism. During the council meeting Mayor Fred Eisenberger called the group "terrorists" and Coun. Terry Whitehead said police should label the anarchists "a gang."

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Hamilton police have issued another arrest warrant in connection to a group of marchers who went on a vandalism spree on Locke Street in March. The warrant issued on Thursday, is for 27-year-old Andrew Cadotte from London, Ont .

Hamilton police say they've arrested an eighth person in connection with a vandalism spree in the city earlier this year. Last week police issued a warrant for a suspect in the case, and today they say he was arrested in London, Ont ., over the weekend.

An anonymous poster on a Facebook site linked to The Tower, however, said the local anarchist collective did not organize the vandalism, but supports the tactic as a protest to gentrification in the city.

"The ongoing effects of gentrification in this city are heartbreaking — waves of displacement, growing violence, and intensifying poverty," the post reads, later adding, "We have zero tears to shed for Locke Street."

Two weeks ago there were duelling protests in the neighbourhood sparked by the events.

One was billed as a "Patriot Walk on Locke" and included far-right groups and appeared to include anti-immigration groups such as Soldiers of Odin, The Proud Boys and the Ontario Northern Guard. This sparked a counterprotest by Hamiltonians Against Fascism.

Hamilton police worked to keep the groups separate and no one was hurt or arrested.

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