33-year-old Peter Hopperton, a man who identifies as a woman and calls himself Cedar, was arrested at a rally outside of City Hall on Saturday, June 22. Police say Mr Hopperton took part in a violent clash at Gage Park on June 15, in which anti-Fascist attendees of a Pride celebration traded blows with alt-right, evangelical protesters.
Two other anti-Fascists, a 32- and 35-year-old, were also arrested. Police say the three, including Mr Hopperton, are visible in videos of the incident, punching and throwing protesters to the ground, clothed in black, their faces masked with pink balaclavas. 27-year-old Chris Vanderweide, who said he was at the Pride event to “protect the evangelists against anti-Fascist Pride allies,” was arrested days later and charged with assault with a weapon. Video appears to show him striking anti-Fascists in the face with a helmet while dressed in pseudo-combat gear.
This is happening in the city where I live. Last year, there was over $100000 worth of vandalism done on the street where I live. Black clad, masked antifa carried a sign saying ‘We are the ungovernables’ went down the street smashing cars and the windows of small businesses. The ringleader, Cedar Hopperton (Peter), was sent to women’s prison because he had recently decided to be trans. I’m not sure when he was released.
This year’s Pride happened on June 15th. The antifa knew a group of Christian fundAmEntalists were going to protest, so they showed up dressed in black with their faces covered by pink balaclavas. There was fighting on both sides, and Cedar was arrested for parole violations. Before his arrest, he publicly called for violence by the LGBTQ community.
He exhibits typically male aggression and anger. I can’t see how it is fair to house him with vulnerable women in prison. The irony is that one of the major issues the queer community has right now is that police [are] anti-LGBTQ. But Cedar was free to choose which prison he got sent to, regardless of how the women he was housed with felt. The justice system in Canada is not anti-trans at all. In reality, it favours their feelings over the protection of women.
Mr Hopperton, who is being held at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre, has proclaimed innocence and launched a hunger-strike. His alleged involvement in the clash breaches a condition of his 2018 sentence banning him from attending protests that disturb the peace.
On March 3, 2018, Mr Hopperton incited 30 masked individuals, dressed in black, to march from the Durand neighborhood carrying a banner that read, “We Are The Ungovernables.” The 10 pm march followed a book fair held by The Tower, an anarchist collective operated by Mr Hopperton. The group damaged vehicles, broke store windows with rocks, and roused terror with noise from a portable sound system and fireworks as they moved along Locke Street. They left $100,000 worth of damages in their wake.
— Mark Carcasole (@MarkCarcGlobal) April 6, 2018
Mr Hopperton was the only one arrested for the Locke Street vandalism. Initially held in Barton Jail in Hamilton, he was ultimately transferred, according to his wishes, to Vanier Centre for Women, a correctional facility for female offenders that is located in Milton.
Mr Hopperton previously served prison time in 2011 after confessing his role in encouraging fellow anti-fascists to take part in a “militant, confrontational march” during protests against the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto, which led to property damage. According to Crown attorney Vincent Paris, Mr Hopperton’s G20 protest group planned to hit targets such as City Hall, Metro Hall, Goldman Sachs, The Bay and various consulates.
Sixteen people were accused of conspiring with him; charges were withdrawn against 11 of them in exchange for guilty pleas by six: Mr Hopperton, Adam Lewis, Eric Lankin, Leah Henderson, Amanda Hiscocks and Alex Hundert. On the day that Mr Hopperton, Mr Lewis and Mr Lankin pleaded guilty to counselling to commit an indictable offence, their allies packed the courtroom to capacity, and screamed and cheered in loud, defiant support every time one of the men spoke.
Mr Hopperton, if convicted of the latest charges, may again be housed in a prison with women.
Read more on this story
Hamilton police link anarchist book fair to Locke Street vandalism spree
Hamilton police say they have linked an anarchist book fair held at a Hamilton high school over the weekend to the vandalism spree that caused $100,000 in damages on Locke Street Saturday night.
Cedar Hopperton is on a hunger strike in jail, supporters say
A Hamilton anarchist who is still the only person arrested in connection to the Pride violence June 15 is in the midst of a hunger strike in Hamilton’s jail, say supporters.
Hamilton anarchist organizer denied bail in Locke Street vandalism case
The only person to be arrested and charged so far in connection to the Locke Street vandalism investigation has been denied bail.
Three convicted in Toronto G20 mayhem defiant as they are sent to jail
The Globe And Mail Inc.
Three men convicted last week of encouraging property damage at protests against the 2010 G20 summit in Toronto were defiant as a judge sent them to jail at a raucous sentencing hearing Monday.
Hamilton police charge alleged helmet-wielding, anti-Pride protester from Kitchener
Hamilton police have charged a 27-year-old Kitchener man with two counts of assault with a weapon in their continuing investigation of a violent protest at Pride celebrations.