Trudeau did not speak at the event, but applauded and nodded with other speakers, including the claim that the speaker was not a medium ground in racism. At another point, the speaker shouted “Amen” with other protesters after discussing love and justice.
CTVnews said that some of the crowd should stand up against US President Donald Trump.
Although many celebrities have been spoken about their support for protesters in the US, support from world leaders has been cut, despite global protests involving the Black Lives Matter slogan.
The crowd remained silent for almost nine minutes – the time when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee pressed against Floyd’s neck. During this silence, many also knelt.
Trudeau joined them.
The Ottawa Police Service told CTVnews that the march was peaceful. “We respect our residents ‘and community members’ right to speak when they see injustice and we understand the deep pain and frustration of the community,” he said. “Our role is to provide a safe space for people to mourn and be heard.”