Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes a knee during in a Black Lives Matter protest on Parliament Hill June 5, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada.

Justin Trudeau kneels down to protest Black Lives Matter on Parliament Hill

This act of solidarity with Trudeau came after he declined to comment on whether he would take part in the protests earlier. Still, he arrived at Parliament Hill on Friday afternoon, wearing a black mask and surrounded by security guards – home to the Canadian Parliament. CNN approved CTVNews.

Trudeau did not speak at the event, although he did clap and laugh with some of the other speakers, including a moment when a speaker asserted that there was no middle ground for racism. At another stage, he shouted “Amen” to other protesters after a speaker discussed promoting love and justice.

Some in the crowd shouted at him to stand up to US President Donald Trump, CTV News reported.

Although many celebrities in the United States have spoken out in support of the protesters, the support of world leaders has been muted despite protests featuring the slogan Black Lives Matter.

On Monday, when asked about the president, the Canadian leader paused for about 20 seconds, looking visibly uncomfortable before taking the question from the sidelines.
Friday’s protest was organized by No Peace to Justice as part of many protests against police brutality and systemic racism around the world following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The crowd observed a moment of silence for about nine minutes – the amount of time former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had been kneeling on Floyd’s neck. During this silence, many even took a knee.

Trudeau joined them.

The Ottawa Police Service told CitiNews in a statement that the march was peaceful. “We respect the right to speak out when our residents and community members see injustice and we understand the deep pain and frustration of the community,” they said. “Our role is to provide a safe place for people to grieve and listen.”

Ottawa Public Health Ask the attendees To wash their hands, clean their belongings and keep their clothes in the wash, to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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