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 […]
Photo: Roberto Iraheta
One of several organizers leading the protest

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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