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Protests planned in Canada against anti-Black racism and killing of George Floyd

Protests against anti-Black racism and police brutality are planned across Canada this weekend following the recent killings of Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto, George Floyd in Minneapolis, Tony McDade in Tallahassee and Breonna Taylor in Louisville.

People in Canada have reacted on social media to the killing of George Floyd and the riots in Minnesota, but today and tomorrow Canadians in several cities are planning to safely protest in real life.

The hashtag #notanotherblacklife has swept Toronto with a protest march under that name planned for 2 p.m. on Saturday that starts at Christie Pits and ends at Queen's Park.

"We are joining the chorus of actions being taken across Turtle Island and globally, to get accountability and justice from police departments for Black and Indigeneous communities," reads the description on the Facebook event.

Though large gatherings are still discouraged during the pandemic, organizers will be brining limited sanitizer, masks, gloves and social distancing pool noodles, and ask that those who can bring their own.

People are asked to march in groups of five or less six feet apart, and to bring ID to avoid $750 fines.

Another protest is planned in Montreal for Sunday at 5 p.m. outside Montreal Police Headquarters and 1441 St-Urbain between de Maisonneuve and Ste-Catherine.

"An initiative of several anti-police brutality and anti-racist activists and organizers in Montreal," the protest will be preceded by a "Holding Space for Black Life" event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. reserved for the Black community exclusively.

"As we denounce recent police killings in the USA, we also denounce police killings of Black Lives here in Montreal, from Anthony Griffin in NDG in 1987 to BonyJean-Pierre in Montréal-Nord (2016), Pierre Coriolan in Centre-Sud (2017) and Nicholas Gibbs in NDG (2018)," reads the Montreal Facebook event's description.

In the midst of the pandemic a location with lots of space was chosen for the protest, and participants are encouraged to stay two metres apart, participate by bike or car, and wear a mask, with organizers bringing some masks for those who don't have one.

A show of support for George Floyd and Regis Korchinski-Paquet is also planned in Vancouver for Saturday at 5 p.m. at Thornton Park. A poster for the event keeps it short and to the point, reading "wear a mask, stay 2m apart" and "stronger together against racism & the killers in blue."

Protests and riots in reaction to the killing of George Floyd have erupted across the US over the past 48 hours in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas and many other cities. Police headquarters were broken into in Portland, and protesters chanted outside the White House.

Hopefully this weekend's protests in Canada will follow suit with peaceful demonstrations in the US rather than ones where interaction with police presence has escalated into violence.

Lead photo by

Phil Roeder

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