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Ottawa’s Black Lives Matter protest peaceful

Canadians gathered on June 5, 2020, in downtown Ottawa for a peaceful protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, thousands were in attendance.

Protesters were taking precautions to avoid catching or spreading the disease with masks, gloves and hand sanitizers.

Shouted chants brought people together and heartfelt speeches left some in tears. The message from the protesters was clear: it is time for a systemic change, and it isn’t something that can wait any longer.

Protestors march from Parliament Hill to the courthouse on June 5, 2020

Protestors march from Parliament Hill to the courthouse on June 5, 2020 Photo credit: Kristy Jones

A woman is brought to tears during a speech

A woman is brought to tears during a speech Photo credit: Kristy Jones

A demonstrator gives an impassioned speech to her crowd in front of the courthouse.

A demonstrator gives an impassioned speech to her crowd in front of the courthouse. Photo credit: Kristy Jones

Black lives matter supporters stand in unison

Black lives matter supporters stand in unison Photo credit: Roberto Iraheta

One of several organizers leading the protest

One of several organizers leading the protest Photo credit: Roberto Iraheta

A protester making her voice heard to a group of officers

A protester making her voice heard to a group of officers Photo credit: Roberto Iraheta

Demonstrators display their signs

Demonstrators display their signs Photo credit: Kavya Nair

It happens in Canada too

It happens in Canada too Photo credit: Kavya Nair

Protestors gather on Parliament Hill with signs raised above their head.

Protestors gather on Parliament Hill with signs raised above their head. Photo credit: Kavya Nair

Rev. Anthony Bailey delivers a passionate speech addressing the prevalence of systemic racism in Canada.

Rev. Anthony Bailey delivers a passionate speech addressing the prevalence of systemic racism in Canada. Photo credit: Kaeli Cheng

Farhia Ahmed, co-founder of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, addresses police brutality in Canada during an impassioned speech.

Farhia Ahmed, co-founder of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, addresses police brutality in Canada during an impassioned speech. Photo credit: Kaeli Cheng

Protesters in Ottawa wield signs to signify solidarity with anti-racism marches in the U.S.

Protesters in Ottawa wield signs to signify solidarity with anti-racism marches in the U.S. Photo credit: Kaeli Cheng

Marchers kneel for an eight minute and 46 seconds moment of silence held for George Floyd

Marchers kneel for an eight minute and 46 seconds moment of silence held for George Floyd Photo credit: Jorge Antunes

Signs left behind at the march

Signs left behind at the march Photo credit: Jorge Antunes

David Muipatayi and his daughter Najya hold a Black Lives Matter sign at the march

David Muipatayi and his daughter Najya hold a Black Lives Matter sign at the march Photo credit: Jorge Antunes

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