Driver arrested after pro-Palestinian protestor nearly hit by car: Victoria police

Police say one man was arrested after a confrontation in Victoria at a pro-Palestinian rally at the B.C. Legislature Sunday.

Video posted online shows a vehicle driving up onto a sidewalk on Belleville Street, nearly hitting a person as they walk by, shortly after 2 p.m. 

The driver is then seen getting out of the vehicle before engaging with one of the protesters, while people in the background yell for him to “back off.”

A Victoria Police officer soon appears in frame, trying to calm the parties down as people continue to yell from the sidelines.

Victoria police confirm in a release the driver of a vehicle that “accelerated … towards a protester during a demonstration” has since been arrested for Assault with a Weapon and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

They add no further arrests were made, and the demonstration was able to continue without any other incidents.

Meanwhile, the National Council of Canadian Muslims says in a statement that it’s “deeply concerned” by the incident, calling it “reprehensible.”

“This is the kind of apparent violence we have seen increase across this country … our leaders must step up to stem this tide of hate,” the council said.

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British Columbia’s human rights commissioner said last month that the Israel-Hamas war has triggered a surge in discrimination and violence toward both Jewish and Muslim people in the province.

The council is currently looking into the details surrounding the incident.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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