Toronto has seen its fair share of demonstrations over the past few months. Another downtown Toronto protest broke out on Tuesday, October 15, blocking traffic during rush hour as people tried to head home for the evening. Toronto Police were asking the public to use an alternative route.

At King Street and Bay Street, demonstrations saw protesters in the busy intersection. From photo and video footage that appeared on social media, the protests could be seen blocking cars and TTC services.

Animal Rebellion organizer Meghana Rajanahally told Narcity the protest was led by Animal Rebellion in coalition with the Climate Save Movement, Stop Maple Leaf Violence, Liberation T.O., and DXE Toronto. A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion told Narcity that its members also turned out in support.*

A release made available to Narcity by Rajanahally said: "Activists will powerfully and peacefully bring attention to the violence in animal agriculture that the Bank of Montreal and other banks are supporting."

Rob McNeil of Stop Maple Leaf Violence said in the release: "In the midst of climate chaos, the $2 billion lending facility being spearheaded by BMO to enable the building of the new slaughterhouse, as well as over $50 million of government subsidies, is a tragedy."

Karol Marocho, Toronto Climate Save organizer, added: "We urge BMO and the other big banks to stop investing in violence against animals. We demand that they divest from the construction of the Maple Leaf Foods Chicken slaughterhouse in London, Ontario which would be among the largest slaughterhouses in the world, killing up to half a million chickens a day."

What appeared to be blood could be seen from an aerial shot smeared on the road as a means of protest.

A photo shared by one Twitter user seems to show protestors holding a banner aimed at the Bank of Montreal. The banner reads: "BMO supports Maple Leafs violence #stopMapleLeafviolence."

Extinction Rebellion's involvement in the protest follows the organization's demonstration at the Prince Edward Viaduct last week.

Officers were on scene to aid traffic flow as well as to "keep the peace," a Toronto Police media representative told Narcity.

The protest later moved up north towards Queen Street West and Bay Street, blocking more traffic at another intersection. At just before 6:15 p.m., Toronto Police tweeted to say that the protest had cleared and roads were clear once again.

*This article has been updated.

Narcity has reached out to BMO for comment.


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