Shriner charged with choking circus protester

This screengrab from a video posted to YouTube shows an altercation during the Shrine Circus event...

This screengrab from a video posted to YouTube shows an altercation during the Shrine Circus event in Ottawa in August of 2013. The chairman of the Ottawa Shriners, Lionel Rowe, is charged with assault and theft in connection with the incident, which also involved protester Len Goldberg of the Ottawa Animal Defence League. (Screengrab via YouTube)

Doug Hempstead, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:38 PM ET

OTTAWA - A Shriner has been charged with assault after scuffling with an animal-rights protester outside a Shrine Circus performance in Ottawa last year.

The altercation on Aug. 10 was caught on video and posted online.

Amid a heated discussion between protesters and Shriners about where members of the Ottawa Animal Defense League were allowed to conduct their demonstration, Lionel Rowe, chairman of the Capital Shrine Club, can be seen in the background of the video running from protester Len Goldberg.

WARNING: This video contains language that may offend some viewers.


The Defense League claims Rowe took a Shriner-styled fez off Goldberg's head.

He was wearing it as part of "a theatrical OADL stunt" during the protest about animals being used in circuses.

 

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