Trump Protests Shut Down Toronto U.S. Consulate

“No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here”

Hundreds of protesters gathered this morning at the U.S. consulate on University Avenue in Toronto to peacefully protest the Trump administration/s travel ban on seven primarily Muslim countries.

Hundreds of people began to gather after 8:00 a.m. Monday morning, leading to the U.S. consulate to suspend services for the day. Over three thousand have checked “attending” on the Facebook event that was used to organize the protest, which plans to run until at least 2:00 p.m. this afternoon.

The crown relocated around the corner to city hall shortly after 9:00 a.m., while police monitored the area in case of confrontations. On the heels of a deadly terrorist attack on a Quebec mosque Sunday night, protesters are wielding signs of support and love for the Muslim community both in the U.S. and Canada.

Image courtesy Tracey Nolan via Facebook

“Refugees, many of them children, are trapped in airports and being turned back to a dangerous home.. because of their religion, their language, their skin colour,” reads a message appearing on the Facebook group.

Image courtesy Tracey Nolan via Facebook

The embassy posted a warning to their website “Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence,” though the protest remained peaceful.

Protesters are chanting “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here.” There will be another protest in response to Trump’s ban today at the U.S. consulate in Ottawa Monday afternoon.