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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. 

Today's gathering is significantly larger than Monday's march, with an estimated 2,000 people currently in attendance, according to Calgary police. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

Lead photo by

Azin Ghaffari

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