#IStandWithAdam or 'thirsty for attention'? Adamson Barbecue owner arrested, taken away in handcuffs after defying lockdown rules

Elisabetta Bianchini
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After days of protest, Adam Skelly, the owner of Adamson Barbecue, has been arrested by police, taken away in handcuffs after continuing to violate COVID-19 rules.

Crowds of his supporters gathered at the restaurant this week, many not wearing masks, chanting in support of Skelly and clashing with police.

Locks were changed at the restaurant overnight and Skelley is facing nine charges, including operating a business without a licence.

Toronto Mayor John Tory told Breakfast Television on Thursday there were “difficulties” in dealing with this situation, including the city not being able to seek an injunction under the law, the province had to do it.

As images of Skelley being taken away in handcuffs spread online, people were quick to comment on the defiance of COVID-19 rules.