A man has been arrested after turning up at an anti-racism protest inspired by George Floyd with his skin painted black.

Shocking video footage shows the white man disrupting a peaceful demonstration in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Canada earlier today.

After walking into the middle of a crowd with his face, hair and hands covered in racially offensive black paint, a tense standoff ensures with police and protesters.

The man can then be heard shouting: "I should be free to do whatever the f*** I want."

The clip later shows him being led away by a group of officers.

The man has now been arrested and charged by Toronto Police for beach of the peace, Global News reports.

Posting a video of the tense exchange on Twitter, Global News reporter Kamil Karamali said: "Someone wearing black face paint shows up at anti-Black racism protest at Nathan Phillips Square and is escorted out of the area by police.

"Police escort the person wearing black face paint out of Nathan Phillips Square — there are several people who follow them and ask for the person’s arrest.

"Toronto Police tell me the person wearing black face paint who walked into the middle of a peaceful protest against anti-Black racism has been arrested for breach of peace and causing a disturbance."

Blackface is widely considered to be a racist practice which dates back to post-Civil War America, when white performers started painting their faces black to mock slaves in minstrel shows.

It comes after Canadians joined protesters in the US and around the world in taking a stand against racial discrimination in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minnesota on May 25.

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Many of those protesting in Nathan Phillips Square, where Toronto police officers took a "knee" alongside protesters in solidarity with Mr Floyd, were said to be high school students.

Mr Floyd, 46, died in police custody after former officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

A distressing video of the arrest, in which the unarmed black man pleaded that he couldn't breathe, has led to two weeks of protests against racism and police brutality worldwide.