Surrey RCMP are investigating an alleged racist assault on an animal rights protester outside the Cloverdale Rodeo this weekend that was posted on YouTube.
Police say an animal rights protester was packing up to leave on Saturday, when she got into an argument with a woman who began yelling racial slurs at her. In the video posted on YouTube, the protester yells back at the woman --who is dressed in a black hoodie and sunglasses -- "Keep talking" and "Come here and hit me," a number of times. The woman then approaches the protester, which is when the video ends with an apparent scuffle. The protester alleges she was spat on, her hair was pulled to drag her to the ground, and she was kicked and punched by as many as two or three other people. Police say the protester suffered minor injuries and they are looking for help from the public to locate the woman in the video.
RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet said even though it appears the protester in the video is egging on the woman, that is no excuse for assaulting someone.