Chris Elston, an activist who lives in Vancouver and has been travelling to campaign against giving puberty blockers to children, was attacked by a group on a downtown Montreal street on Friday night.
"I’m all good. Just waiting for an x-ray on my forearm but I’ll be fine. I used it to block several pylon hits. They took my sign with the bodycam but I managed to film them with my phone during the tail end of the assault," tweeted Elston optimistically
The group of thugs, including an apparent female, attacked Elston at St. Catherine near Guy St., smashing his sign, stealing his bodycam, and repeatedly hitting him with a traffic cone.
He has been a vocal opponent of the SOGI 1 2 3 curriculum in his native BC and has started travelling around the country to raise awareness about how children are, according to him, having their lives ruined by drugs and sometimes even surgery at very young ages.
"I was having peaceful conversations on Saint-Catherine Street, joined by a local man. A bunch of these thugs suddenly swarmed me, I’m told there were about 7."
"I took one punch to the face and one right hook to the back of my head from that big guy, but I’m hard-headed so no worries. For the record, I did not fight back. I don’t need police arresting me again for defending myself."
Apparently at the end of the day, the injuries were more severe than Elston initially thought:
"My left forearm is broken, but I feel worse for my new friend who came out to support. He took a blow and had his expensive watch broken."
Later, Elston continued tweeting:
"I’ve got a messed up forearm, a fat lip, and a popped vein in my hand, but this is nothing compared to what’s happening to children across this country. If criminals think an assault is going to slow me down, they’re dead wrong. Children Cannot Consent to Puberty Blockers!"
Elston has spoken to local police to give them details of the attack, and believes that it was premeditated. One can indeed see a mustard bottle used by one attacker in the video. Police are reviewing CCTV footage from the area.
"And in case anyone is wondering, this was a premeditated attack. They even came with a mustard squirt bottle. I ‘think’ they jumped out of 1 or 2 cars but they were on us in a heartbeat. Never seen them in my life. All is good! Stay positive! We’re spreading awareness!"
Elston goes to Toronto tomorrow for further interviews and vows to continue with his activism, saying that he "doesn't need to arms to have a conversation."
Elston went on to say in a statement:
"I think these violent people think that through their violent actions they're going to succeed in silencing people and it's not going to work. More and more people are coming out with me now, so I think we'll be safer. But I'm not going to let them silence me. We have thousands of kids coming to harm and our government is going a thousand miles an hour in the wrong direction."
One Twitter user pointed out chillingly just how pervasive this new pro-violence mentality is becoming in modern society:
"They’ve got the editorial boards of the NYT, NPR, Vox, MSNBC, The Guardian, etc standing right behind them. Of course the attackers feel emboldened."