Man charged for allegedly urging Ford Fest attendees to throw food at mayor

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford battles through the crowd at Ford Fest on July 25, 2014. (CRAIG...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford battles through the crowd at Ford Fest on July 25, 2014. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:51 PM ET

TORONTO — Police have charged a man for allegedly going online and urging people to throw eggs or tomatoes at Mayor Rob Ford during Friday’s Ford Fest.

The charge was announced the same day two police officers were at City Hall investigating another threat received by the mayor's office.

Police said the anti-Ford online post on an unnamed website came to the force's attention last Thursday.


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and boxing great George Chuvalo at Ford Fest on July 25, 2014. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

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Investigators alleged the post related to Friday night's Ford Fest event.

"The author of the post offered free beer for anyone who threw eggs or tomatoes at Mayor Rob Ford," police stated Monday.

Police said the alleged author of the post surrendered to investigators on Friday around 3 p.m. -- a few hours before Ford Fest kicked off.

Dilaz Rajwani, 37, of Toronto, is charged with counsel an uncommitted indictable offence. Rajwani is slated to appear in court on Sept. 3.

Ford ignored a question on Monday about the arrest.

Councillor Doug Ford -- the mayor's campaign manager -- welcomed the charge.

"I encourage the police to charge anyone that entices people (to commit) violence," Doug Ford said. Ford called the heated scuffle at Ford Fest between the mayor's supporters and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) protesters "very unfortunate."

"But you can't show up -- and here's my analogy -- you can't show up to a Yankees game with a Red Sox hat on...enticing a fight," he said.

In a separate incident, two police officers were at City Hall on Monday investigating another threat received by the mayor's office.

Amin Massoudi, the mayor's press secretary, said police were "responding to a security issue around the mayor."

"We shared all the information we have with them and the matter is now in their hands," Massoudi said.

Police spokesman Mark Pugash confirmed the officers were there for a "security matter."

 


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