Police are investigating whether an anti-Islam rally held on the doorstep of a mosque in the heart of downtown Toronto Friday had any criminal element and whether it could be considered a hate crime.
With signs of love and support plastered to its exterior, Masjid Toronto bore little sign on Saturday of the rally held there just a day before, during which more than a dozen people - with banners and loudspeakers in hand - called for a ban on Islam as Muslims prayed inside.
Toronto police say they have received multiple complaints about the demonstration, some from those who were present at the mosque and others from those who weren't, Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook told CBC Toronto.
Douglas-Cook said it's too early to determine whether the incident will be considered a hate crime but that investigators are looking into the possibility.