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Hundreds more march at mid-week Calgary anti-racism justice rally

Hundreds of Calgarians gathered on the 10 Street NW bridge Wednesday to support YYC justice for all victims of police brutality.

People of all backgrounds came together in solidarity to voice their concerns about police brutality and systemic racism.

On Monday, a rally was held in honour of George Floyd who was killed during an arrest by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Derek Chauvin now faces a charge of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with Floyd’s death.

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While Monday’s protest became a march to City Hall, Wednesday’s rally focused on different voices from the community.

Small groups formed along the bridge and intersection of Memorial Drive.

Chants such as “Hands up don’t shoot” and “No justice no peace” were echoed by everyone in the crowd.

HANDS UP, DON’T SHOOT CHANT – Calgary, June 3, 2020.
Crowds of people showed up at the YYC justice for victims of police brutality rally on June 3, 2020 / MADASYN KOST FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE – Calgary, June 3, 2020.

Certain groups talked about the racism problems in Canada including the missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The words spoken at the rally were of peace and hope, asking people to “work harder” and “support our brothers and sisters.”

One of the speakers at the rally said “nobody is above learning, and what are we gonna try our damn best to do? Educate ourselves.”

The message at today’s rally was one that people’s voices need to be heard, not just today or tomorrow. This fight is ongoing and takes work from everyone.

BLACK LIVES MATTER – (Click through the photo gallery). Calgary, June 3, 2020.