Anti-racism protesters gathered in communities around B.C. Friday (June 5) as many Canadians grapple with systemic racism and inequality on their home soil amid continued protests across the border.
Gatherings happened in Vancouver, Nanaimo and the Fraser Valley, as well as in Kelowna and Victoria.
More are expected through the weekend.
Protests and marches have taken place across the U.S. and Canada all week, demanding justice for George Floyd, who died while being restrained by Minneapolis police, as well as police brutality and anti-black racism in general.
In many cases, the protests have been met with what advocates have called out as excessive force by police and the National Guard.
Meanwhile, in B.C., protests thus far have remained peaceful.
Gathering at #Chilliwack Secondary right now for today’s #BlackLivesMatter march to Central Community Park pic.twitter.com/kwOLzlBbJN
— Paul J. Henderson (@PeeJayAitch) June 5, 2020
Crowd at Abbotsford protest is currently a couple hundred strong. By far largest demonstration in my 6ish years covering city. Crowd mostly, not exclusively, young. Lots of honking. pic.twitter.com/Yrubi2X7lH
— Tyler Olsen (@ty_olsen) June 5, 2020
Pretty powerful scene at Rotary Park in Cranbrook, as a crowd gathers and grows to stand in solidarity against racism. pic.twitter.com/zHMOYJOQMT
— Trevor Crawley (@tcrawls) June 5, 2020
Here’s a look at the crowd of protesters gathering for a Black Lives solidarity demonstration at Maffeo Sutton Park… pic.twitter.com/yzpNj6rOI2
— Nanaimo Bulletin (@NanaimoBulletin) June 5, 2020
Many came out to supoort the Black Lives Matter rally in Kelowna. pic.twitter.com/GfBZgOeqCt
— twila m amato (@twilamam) June 5, 2020
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