Canadian protesters chanted “Stand up to Trump!” to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he joined hundreds at an anti-racism rally on Friday and took a knee alongside protesters.
Trudeau, sporting a black masks and surrounded by bodyguards, made a shock look on the “No justice = No peace” rally in entrance of Parliament. His look got here a day after police shot and killed an indigenous lady throughout a wellness test in japanese Canada.
Demonstrations have been held in different Canadian cities on Friday, together with Toronto, the place a whole lot walked downtown in protests sparked by the loss of life of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, whereas in police custody in Minnesota.
Trudeau thrice took a knee alongside different protesters, a gesture used to protest towards police brutality and the therapy of African-Americans by police. Afterward, a number of individuals thanked Trudeau for kneeling.
On Monday, police tear-gassed peaceable protesters outdoors the White House to make approach for President Donald Trump to have his image taken holding a Bible whereas standing in entrance of a church.
Asked to touch upon Trump’s concept of utilizing troopers towards protesters on Tuesday, the Liberal prime minister paused for greater than 20 seconds earlier than he mentioned that Canadians have been watching the United States with “horror and consternation.”
Trudeau didn’t converse on the rally Friday and left because the protesters started a march to the U.S. Embassy, close to the Parliament constructing.
“What needs to happen is long-term change,” mentioned Sisi Akhigbe, 24, who raised greater than C$9,000 on-line to present drinks and snacks for the protesters in Ottawa. “We’ve been treated unfairly and we’re tired.”