The rallying cry Black Lives Matter is being heard loud and clear in Barrie.
Organizers are finalizing details of a demonstration at Barrie City Hall on Thursday night, calling for justice for victims of police violence.
The downtown Barrie rally comes just over a week following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of law enforcement officers, while organizers say the rally will also take place in the name of Tony McDade of Tallahassee and Breonna Taylor from Louisville. All lost their lives in police-involved violence over the past several months, while protestors cite years of racism at the hands of American law enforcement.
Barrie’s rally begins at 5:00 Thursday afternoon at City Hall; the plan thus far is to march to Meridian Place, following Mulcaster Street to Simcoe Street, and into the public square from there. Speeches, chants, tributes, and mourning are expected to follow.
In the memory of those lost, the organizers of this rally encourage everyone to keep the event peaceful.
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This demonstration comes amid a global pandemic where citizens are being told to keep their distance from others. To that end, organizers of the demonstration are asking participants to maintain a two-metre distance from others and to wear a mask where possible. Donations of masks are being accepted at the rally.