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.
Today, we are lowering the flags at #BurlON City Hall & our @BurlingtonFire stations to support the global movement to end systemic racism, and in honour of all the lives that have been lost as a result of it. Racism has absolutely no place in our community. ?? pic.twitter.com/2yB9kNBxaa— Marianne Meed Ward (@MariannMeedWard) June 4, 2020
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.
PROTESTERS MARCHING : Thousands of protesters are marching along New St fm Walkers Ln to @cityburlington City Hall as part of anti-black racism protest & to effect change . @HRPSBurl @HaltonPolice , @ChiefTanner pic.twitter.com/yFh4IjWEx0— Graham Paine (@GPmedia_24) June 4, 2020
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.
HUGE RALLY IN #BURLON : Over 5,000 rally along New St then jammed @cityburlington City Hall square & CLOSED Brant St for apeaceful anti-black racism rally - #BlackLivesMatter !Protesters took a knee for minute of silence followed by singing O’Canada! @HaltonPolice , @ChiefTanner pic.twitter.com/2wmFvuQGqg— Graham Paine (@GPmedia_24) June 4, 2020
Cover photo courtesy of Marianne Meed Ward’s Twitter
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