Justin Trudeau kneels at the Black Lives Matter demonstration on Parliament Hill

Justin Trudeau kneels at the Black Lives Matter demonstration on Parliament Hill
Trudeau’s act of solidarity comes after he declined to comment earlier in the day on whether he would attend the protest. Still, he arrived at Parliament Hill – home of the Canadian Parliament – wearing a black cloth mask on Friday afternoon and surrounded by security guards, CNN affiliate of CTVnews.

Trudeau did not speak at the event, although he clapped and nodded along with some of the other speakers, including the moment the speaker claimed he had no middle ground about racism. At another point, he shouted “Amen” along with other protesters, after the speaker discussed promoting love and justice.

Some in the crowd shouted at him to oppose US President Donald Trump, CTVnews reported.

Although many celebrities have expressed their support for the protesters in the U.S., the support of world leaders has been muffled, despite global protests with the slogan Black Lives Matter.

On Monday, the Canadian leader paused for nearly 20 seconds when asked about the president, looking visibly uncomfortable before raising the issue.
Friday’s protest was organized by No Peace While Justice as part of protests against police brutality and systemic racism around the world following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The crowd had a minute of silence for nearly nine minutes – how long former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had kept his knee pressed against Floyd’s neck. During this silence, many also knelt.

Trudeau joined them.

The Ottawa Police Service told CTVnews in a statement that the march went smoothly. “We respect the rights of our residents and community members to speak when they see injustice and when we understand the deep pain and frustration of the community,” they said. “Our role is to provide a safe space for people to mourn and be heard.”

Public Health in Ottawa the participants asked wash your hands, clean things and put clothes in the wash, all to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

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