Thousands take to Burlington streets to march against racism


Thousands took to the streets of Burlington this afternoon (June 4) to protest anti-Black racism and the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after a white police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for up to nine minutes during an incident in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Solidarity March is being held to raise awareness of racism and discrimination in the community and across North America. It follows on the heels of multiple protests that have and are taking place around the world in response to Floyd’s death.

The demonstration occurred from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and several streets, including New Street, from Walkers Line to Martha Street; James Street, from Martha Street to Brant Street; and Brant Street, from James Street to Ontario Street, were closed to accommodate demonstrators.

The demonstration culminated with a rally in front of Burlington City Hall, where protestors took and knee and observed a moment of silence, then concluded with the singing of the national anthem.

Cover photo courtesy of Marianne Meed Ward’s Twitter

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