Thousands protest in Calgary in support of Black Lives Matter
Thousands of people have taken over downtown Calgary in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
For the second time this week, rallyers came together on Wednesday evening for a peaceful protest against anti-Black racism and police brutality.
Photo taken of the Calgary BLM protest by my boss from our office. Thank you Calgary! Sincerely, a black and proud Canadian❤️🖤 #yycprotest #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #BLMCanada pic.twitter.com/SPKKZMh57H— S. (@Saraatempest) June 3, 2020
Today's gathering is significantly larger than Monday's march, with an estimated 2,000 people currently in attendance, according to Calgary police.
The protest is now marching down 17th, taking over multiple blocks at a time as it goes. Honestly, it’s unlike anything I’ve seen in my decade in Calgary. Protestors continue to reiterate that they believe this is a movement that is going to continue for pushing for change pic.twitter.com/xHNTG3WGon— Danny Austin (@DannyAustin_9) June 3, 2020
Many people are describing the sheer volume of attendees, who are mostly wearing face masks, as an unprecedented moment in Calgary's history.
Crowds first gathered at Poppy Plaza before taking to the streets.
I can’t think of another protest that has filled Calgary streets at this scale twice in a week https://t.co/OZxR57nE6v— Chris Turner (@theturner) June 3, 2020
Protestors are carrying signs in support of BLM, as well as posters specifically targeted to Canadians: "It doesn't just happen in the States", reads one.
"We are not innocent," said a BLM organizer to crowds.
Protest here in Calgary just outside our building. pic.twitter.com/K8SNV4ayHU— bisdakbarbie 💁🏻♀️ (@lady___danger) June 3, 2020
The death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by Minnesota police last week, has sparked a global movement worldwide. In Calgary they chanted Floyd's name as they marched and kneeled on the streets.
Calgary, Canada today 03/06/20 #BlackLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatterYYC#calgaryprotest pic.twitter.com/slXfVRp4xl— Just Mikey (@JustMikey2) June 4, 2020
North of the border, the recent death of 29-year-old Toronto woman Regis Korchinski-Paquet has evolved into its wave of rallies taking place across the country.
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