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Doug Ford apologizes, but blames gay protesters for altercation at Ford Fest - 2014-07-26

F94.png Doug Ford apologizes, but blames gay protesters for altercation at Ford Fest July 26, 2014, David Rider, Toronto Star

One of the gay activists called a "f -- -- t" and other homophobic slurs by Mayor Rob Ford supporters says the mayor's brother is wrong to suggest activists provoked the Ford Fest attendees.

"We were just standing there being gay holding signs ... This was an unprovoked situation where we did very little engaging with them," said Brian De Matos on Saturday, a day after the massive Ford family barbecue.

Councillor Ford told the Star that, after the half-hour altercation, some supporters of Mayor Rob Ford told him a man with a rainbow flag draped over his shoulders had baited the crowd at Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough.

"I apologize to him for what happened but you can't go into any event, a sporting event even, taunting people. I don't agree with (what happened) but something's going to happen.

"Numerous people said he was looking for trouble."

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | author = David Rider | title = Doug Ford apologizes, but blames gay protesters for altercation at Ford Fest | url = https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2014/07/26/homophobic_slurs_hurled_at_gay_ford_fest_protesters.html | work = Toronto Star | date = July 26, 2014 | accessdate = April 22, 2019 }}