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06/13/2017 01:07 pm ET

Anti-LGBTQ Protestor Arrested Outside Pulse On Anniversary Of Attack

Vigil attendees drowned him out with chants of "love over hate!"

A man who began protesting outside of Pulse nightclub after a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of the massacre was arrested on Monday.

According to reports, bystanders cheered as authorities handcuffed the protestor, who waved anti-LGBTQ signs at those mourning the Pulse site and told them to “repent of your sin.”

Prior to the man’s arrest, those in attendance at the ceremony joined hands and began chanting “love over hate” to drown out the protestor.

According to a police report sent to HuffPost, the man was in violation of several state statutes:

The Defendants actions were such that they were affecting the peace and quiet of a peaceful vigil attended by people mourning the loss of friends and family members on the anniversary date of their death, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

His actions were inciting a brawl within the vigil, causing a threat to his own safety and constituted a breach of the peace within this highly attended and solemn gathering, in violation of Florida State Statute 877.03, Breach of the Peace, and 843.02, Resisting Officer Without Violence.

People were gathered at Pulse Nightclub to honor and remember the 49 lives lost in the June 12, 2016 massacre at the LGBTQ venue’s Latin night.

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