This morning Torontonians gathered in front of Toronto’s U.S. consulate to protest the white supremacist violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend. The gathering was given the name “Toronto in Solidarity with Charlottesville” and was organized by two local American history professors from York University and the University of Toronto.
“We all have been horror-struck by this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia — the white supremacists … the President’s ‘both sides do it’ response and the failure of law enforcement to keep the peace,” wrote Anne Rubenstein, the rally’s co-organizer and professor at York University, in an email. U of T professor Donna Gabaccia serves as the second organizer. She teaches at the University of Toronoto’s Scarborough campus.
Opposite the American Embassy in Toronto this morning, a rally opposing white supremacy, racism pic.twitter.com/YOhmEBGFWB
— Alyshah Hasham (@alysanmati) August 14, 2017
“No hatred. No fear. Your racism has no place here,” was chanted by the Toronto protesters early this morning.
The protest arrives after 32-year-old Heather D. Heyer was killed and 20 others were injured over the weekend after a 20-year-old white nationalist plowed through a crowd of people with his car. This violent act occurred in the midst of a white nationalist rally to protest the removal of a confederate monument in Charlottesville.
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