Trudeau and Italy PM Meloni’s Toronto event called off because of a protest in support of Palestine.

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Security concerns led to the cancellation of a Toronto event where Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was set to host his Italian counterpart, as pro-Palestinian protesters gathered outside the venue. The Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that neither Trudeau nor Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni could enter the Art Gallery of Ontario due to the protests. Demonstrators criticized the Canadian government’s approach to the Israel-Hamas conflict and accused Trudeau of supporting genocide in Gaza. Police estimated 200 to 300 protesters outside the venue, with difficulties assessing the overall demonstration size as protesters occupied various entrances. The event cancellation was announced on Saturday night due to security reasons. Attendees faced opposition from protesters blocking access routes, prompting police assistance in guiding some to secure entry points. International Development Minister Ahmed Hussen encountered protest resistance when attempting to access through the main entrance, leading to police escorting him to a safer location amidst demonstrators’ accusations of complicity in violence. Italian Prime Minister Meloni, in Toronto for discussions with Trudeau, highlighted the challenging Middle East crisis during talks between the G7 leaders. The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has seen significant casualties, with Israel taking military action in response to attacks and subsequent humanitarian concerns prompting calls for a ceasefire by Canada despite Hamas being labeled a terrorist organization and emphasizing Israel’s right to self-defense.

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