Calgary police lay charges in rally assaults

Jake Birrell is punched in the face as tempers flared between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli...

Jake Birrell is punched in the face as tempers flared between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli protesters during a rally at Calgary city hall on July 18, 2014. Organizers say they'll publicly apologize for the violence at the next demonstration July 25, 2014. Photo courtesy Jewish Free Press.

Dave Dormer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

CALGARY ─ Assault charges have been laid against three people ─ and are expected against a fourth ─ after a rally for Gaza in downtown Calgary turned violent last month.

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian supports had converged outside city hall July 18 when a small group of Israeli supporters showed up across the street.

A series of scuffles broke out and three people were assaulted.

It took police nearly a month to lay charges, Insp. Cliff O'Brien said, because of the complexity of the investigation.


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