Hundreds Storm Downtown Toronto For Family Day Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Protest (VIDEOS)
The crowds completely shut down parts of Bloor and College Streets.
Downtown Toronto was completely taken over on Family Day as massive crowds continued to march in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs. The protests have been happening all across Canada, and the turnout in the city yesterday was huge. The Wet'suwet'en protests in Toronto reportedly brought over 1,000 people, according to CBC.
CTV News reports that the rally began at 2 p.m. at Christie Pits Park, before moving along Bloor Street on a 4.2-kilometre march around the city.
People shared footage of the events online. Videos and photos show a completely shutdown Bloor Street as protestors showed up in their hundreds and hundreds.
Those taking part made their way to Queen's Park where they stood outside the legislative building and chanted while holding up signs in solidarity.
Portions of Bloor Street and College Street were shut down due to the sheer volume of people, CTV reports.
The rally met at 2 p.m. at the park and 1.9K people had confirmed their attendance through the Facebook event.
That posting asked people to spend their Family Day making signs together instead of bringing organizational banners.
And footage from the scene on Monday illustrates the impressive scale of the protests.
The exact number of people who took part in the action is still unclear, although in addition to the 1.9K confirmed in the Facebook event, 4,000 more marked themselves as "interested." As you can see, they completely flooded the street.
Some suggestions on Twitter have put the numbers closer to 8,000, but the accuracy of that is unclear. CBC reports the crowd was around 1,000.
Monday's action followed protests that had taken place at and around.
Meanwhile,as train tracks across the province have been blocked. The same is true for train service across Canada.
CP24 reports that 470 trains have been cancelled as of Monday and around 94,000 passengers have been affected. All of those will be entitled to a refund.
The nationwide protests were sparked when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) gave permission to Coastal GasLink to build a pipeline in Wet'suwet'en territory in British Columbia.
Just a day earlier, on Sunday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford had asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to put an end to the blockades.
There is no word yet on when VIA Rail service will resume across the country, though.
A separate Facebook event suggests that another rally will take place in downtown Toronto this coming Saturday, February 22. Nearly 500 people have already marked "attending" on the page.
Narcity has reached out to Families For Wet'suwet'en for comment and more information.