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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is escorted by his RCMP security detail as protesters shout and through gravel while leaving a campaign stop at a local micro brewery during the Canadian federal election campaign in London Ont., on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.

Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

Police in London, Ont., have laid a criminal charge against a man they allege threw gravel at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a local campaign stop.

City police say 25-year-old Shane Marshall of St. Thomas, Ont., is now facing one count of assault with a weapon following the widely documented, Labour Day incident.

Earlier this week, the People’s Party of Canada said it removed a man named Shane Marshall from the post of Elgin-Middlesex-London riding association president, but did not immediately respond to request for comment on whether he and the man now facing charges are one and the same.

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Justin Trudeau says he won’t alter campaign plans after gravel thrown at Ontario protest

Police allege the suspect threw gravel at Trudeau as he boarded his campaign bus at around 6 p.m. following a campaign stop marred by vocal protests against the COVID-19 health measures enacted by the Liberal government.

Trudeau was not hurt, but other federal party leaders condemned the stone-throwing and have made previous statements against the actions of foul-mouthed protesters who have followed the Liberal leader throughout the campaign.

Trudeau has referred to the crowds following him as “anti-vaxxer mobs” and has spent the past four weeks of the race to the Sept. 20 vote campaigning on a pledge to mandate shots for federal workers and passengers looking to board a plane, train or cruise ship amid the pandemic’s fourth wave.

The Liberals declined to comment on the arrest Saturday.

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