If you're planning to take a pleasant leisurely stroll through Queen's Park today, you're going to have some company. Thirty thousand public school teachers are attending the Ontario's teacher protest at the legislature on Friday, February 21, 2020, to fight back against Ford's cuts. Police are on the scene in attempts to control the crowds. 

According to The Toronto Sun, the demonstration will result in the shut down of schools across Ontario, leaving millions of students out of class.

Large crowds of teachers could be seen marching around Queen's Park on Friday morning, holding a variety of creative signs and yelling slogans in protest of the Ford government's cuts to education. 

Most of the protestors could be seen wearing red hats as thousands walked in unison.

Toronto police shut down several streets near Queen's Park, from Bloor to College, and officers were on-site to help maintain the peace.

According to CTV, the widespread protest marks the first time in over 20 years that all four teacher unions chose to strike on the same day.

Protest anthems such as "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister and "Take The Power Back" by Rage Against The Machine could be heard being playing on stereo systems as union leaders made speeches.

"Here's my challenge, Doug Ford, Stephen Lecce: come out of this building today and talk to the 30,000 people," said Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, according to CBC.

"If you think the four of us are orchestrating what's happening here today, come and talk to them and they will tell you exactly what's happening," he added.

Other protests against Ford's education cuts have taken place in the park in recent months.

Back in October, a band of protesters was spotted marching around Queen's Park with a giant sculpture of Doug Ford.

Other demonstrators wore 1950s-inspired outfits in an attempt to demonstrate how the education and childcare changes have sent Ontario back in time.

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