Trudeau did not speak at the event, although he did beat and shake with some of the other speakers, including at a time when a speaker claimed there was no average reason for racism. Elsewhere, he shouted “Amen” along with other protesters after a speaker discussed the promotion of love and justice.
Some in the crowd shouted for resistance to US President Donald Trump, CTVnews reported.
Although many celebrities are sincere in their support for the protesters in the United States, support from world leaders has been silenced, despite global protests with the slogan of Black Life.
The crowd had a moment of silence for almost nine minutes – the time when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chavvin kept his knee pressed against Floyd’s neck. During this silence, many also got a knee.
Trudeau united them.
The Ottawa Police Department told CTVnews in a statement that the march was peaceful. “We respect the rights of our residents and community members to speak out when they see injustice and 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.”