On October 22, 1977, cops raided two downtown Montreal gay establishments, Truxx Bar and Le Mystique, arresting 146 people.
On February 5, 1981 Toronto cops raided 4 gay bathhouses during “Operation Soap”, arresting 286.
Harassment of LGBTQ establishments happened often and was a deliberate policy of the police and municipal authorities, with the last known raid happening on Sept. 14, 2000 in Toronto. Victims of these raids have spent years battling the legal system and have seen no compensation.
Despite attempts to create a community-friendly public image, cops continue to harass the LGBTQ people, especially people of color.
Just another reason to say: Fuck the 150th and No Cops in Pride!