In Photos: Thousands of Canadians participate in solidarity women’s marches
Protesters took to Canadian streets in droves on Saturday, joining a chorus of solidarity with those attending the Women’s March in Washington and other U.S. cities.
Together they sent a strong message of dissent to President Donald Trump, a day after he was inaugurated.
Thousands of people congregated and marched in major cities like Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal.
In Toronto, the march started at Queen’s Park where a diverse group of speakers spoke at length about women’s rights and intersectional feminism. They touched on problems in Canada, such as misogyny, police brutality and racism.
Synchronized chants reverberated down University Ave. On route to Nathan Phillips Square, the march became bottlenecked in front of the U.S. Consulate, as scores of police — some on horseback — cordoned it off.
Demonstrators waved placards with things like “There will be hell toupee” or “Dump Trump” written across them. The ethos encompassed human rights during a period of political uncertainty.
To Vicky Laker — a woman who partook in an anti-war protests in the 1960s — the undercurrent of this protest was love and resilience.
“The amazing thing was the emphasis of empathy and inclusivity, as opposed to the kind of divisiveness that Trump represents,” she said. “I’m hopeful that this awareness and passion will carry on.”
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Cover: Photo by Julien Gignac/VICE News