Solidarity Protestors Stormed Toronto With Powerful Signs This Weekend (PHOTOS)
"Am I next?"
This weekend in Toronto, thousands of people took to the streets to protest racism and police brutality, following the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet. Activists and solidarity protestors in Toronto chanted and marched through the city, starting in Christie Pits Park. Many of the demonstrators carried seriously powerful signs.
Toronto was seriously busy on Saturday, May 30, as thousands of Canadians gathered in the streets to speak out against racism and police brutality, following Korchinski-Paquet's tragic death on May 27.
Korchinski-Paquet died by falling from her 24th-floor balcony after police were called to her home. Her family allege that the 29-year-old wasAn investigation into what happened is ongoing.
Demanding answers, Canadians from Toronto and beyond headed to Christie Pits Park on Saturday afternoon, armed with signs, bannersas
Many of the messages shared on the placards were extremely powerful, and spoke to racism and police-involved deaths both within Canada and across the world.
Signs held messages such as, "Justice For Regis" and "Say Her Name."
One read, "Black Lives Matter. Please stop killing us."
Another asked, "Am I next?"
One message addressed the issue of racism in the context of the current global pandemic, writing, “400+ years and still no vaccine for racism.”
Another sign quoted Desmond Tutu, reading, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
Another simply read, "No Justice, No Peace."
Toronto’s peaceful rally comes as protests in the U.S. are becoming increasingly violent, as activists respond to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed when a police officer knelt on his neck.
Floyd was caught on video saying, “I can’t breathe,” three words that were seen repeatedly across signs this weekend.
Canadian demonstrators made a number of references to the ongoing situation in the States, carrying signs saying, "Canada you are not innocent" and "That's not a chip on my shoulder, that's your knee on my neck."
One protestor had drawn a picture of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, adding the message, "THEY SHOULD BE ALIVE."
Over the weekend, similar solidarity protests took place in Montreal, as activists demanded justice for "George Floyd & ALL victims of police racism."