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Powerful Posters That Show What Montreal's Anti-Racism Protest Was All About (PHOTOS)

Montrealers joined in solidarity to denounce police brutality and racism on June 7.
Powerful Posters That Show What Montreal's Anti-Racism Protest Was All About (PHOTOS)

Thousands of individuals joined together in solidarity in downtown Montreal on Sunday, June 7 to denounce police brutality and racism. A similar protest took place in Montreal a week before. We've gathered photos of some of the posters that people held up high during this Sunday's demonstration.

This week's event was hosted by six local organizations: Nous sommes la ligue des noirs nouvelle générationBlack Rose AllianceFondation Busta JohnEBF Élegance Beauté FiertéAffirmation de la Femme Afro/ Afimasyon Fanm Afro, and EvoluJeunes 19-30 ans

The organizers asked that all people participating "bring [their] masks, hand sanitizer, white shirts and [their] water bottle."

It began at 10 a.m., starting at Place Emilie-Gamelin. The protestors later took to the streets of Montreal to march in solidarity with all victims of police brutality.

This movement has also recently led an online petition to make body cameras mandatory for all SPVM officers to circulate, which has already gathered over 48,000 signatures.

And the posters seen at the protest speak loudly.

Here are some photos of the protest that were sent to MTL Blog with permission to use.

To start off, here's a glimpse of what the protest on June 7 looked like.

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You can also imagine just how many thousands of people showed up to this one. 

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Approximately 50,000 individuals had shown up to the solidarity demonstration the week before, on Sunday, May 31.

The poster below combines imagery from the murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin and NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling while the national anthem was sung at a preseason game in 2016.

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"This is why we kneel," it read.

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Another posted outlined the fact that human rights are what's being fought for during these protests.

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"Nothing can be changed until it is faced," one poster read.

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In this same vein, one sign said "reprogram Quebec."

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Alongside it, we see a poster that says "no justice, no peace," which protestors chanted throughout the demonstration.

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Another posted needed no words at all, the person drew George Floyd's face instead.

One poster took note of the fact that such injustices exist elsewhere than just in the United States.

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"It's not just the U.S.," it read.

And, since we all know that a photo speaks a thousand words, this shows just what the protest felt like. No posters were necessary for this one.

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In it, you see someone holding up the Mohawk flag in front of a line of police officers — an example of true solidarity.

This article has been updated.

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