PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

Black Lives Matter protest in Kelowna, B.C. on Friday, June 5, 2020 (Michael Rodriguez/Kelowna Capital News)Black Lives Matter protest in Kelowna, B.C. on Friday, June 5, 2020 (Michael Rodriguez/Kelowna Capital News)
PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.
Thousands of people gather for a peaceful protest in Vancouver, Friday, June 5, 2020 in solidarity with the George Floyd protests across the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan HaywardThousands of people gather for a peaceful protest in Vancouver, Friday, June 5, 2020 in solidarity with the George Floyd protests across the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A woman is seen as thousands of people gather for a peaceful protest in Vancouver, Friday, June 5, 2020 in solidarity with the George Floyd protests across the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward                                A woman is seen as thousands of people gather for a peaceful protest in Vancouver, Friday, June 5, 2020 in solidarity with the George Floyd protests across the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan HaywardA woman is seen as thousands of people gather for a peaceful protest in Vancouver, Friday, June 5, 2020 in solidarity with the George Floyd protests across the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward A woman is seen as thousands of people gather for a peaceful protest in Vancouver, Friday, June 5, 2020 in solidarity with the George Floyd protests across the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A woman is seen as thousands of people gather for a peaceful protest in Vancouver, Friday, June 5, 2020 in solidarity with the George Floyd protests across the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan HaywardA woman is seen as thousands of people gather for a peaceful protest in Vancouver, Friday, June 5, 2020 in solidarity with the George Floyd protests across the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Thousands of people gather for a peaceful rally in Vancouver, Friday, June 5, 2020 in solidarity with the George Floyd protests across the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan HaywardThousands of people gather for a peaceful rally in Vancouver, Friday, June 5, 2020 in solidarity with the George Floyd protests across the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
BLM supporters brought candles for a shrine in memory of victims of police violence. Photo by Mike ChouinardBLM supporters brought candles for a shrine in memory of victims of police violence. Photo by Mike Chouinard
About 250 came out to hold signs for Saturday’s rally. Photo by Mike ChouinardAbout 250 came out to hold signs for Saturday’s rally. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Black Lives Matter march and rally in Chilliwack on June 5, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)Black Lives Matter march and rally in Chilliwack on June 5, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
Black Lives Matter march and rally in Chilliwack on June 5, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)Black Lives Matter march and rally in Chilliwack on June 5, 2020. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)
A protestor in support of the Black Lives Matter movement at the rally on June 6, 2020. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River MirrorA protestor in support of the Black Lives Matter movement at the rally on June 6, 2020. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror

Anti-racism protesters gathered in communities around B.C. Friday (June 5) as many Canadians grapple with systemic racism and inequality on their home soil amid continued protests across the border.

Gatherings happened in Vancouver, Nanaimo and the Fraser Valley, as well as in Kelowna and Victoria.

More are expected through the weekend.

Protests and marches have taken place across the U.S. and Canada all week, demanding justice for George Floyd, who died while being restrained by Minneapolis police, as well as police brutality and anti-black racism in general.

In many cases, the protests have been met with what advocates have called out as excessive force by police and the National Guard.

Meanwhile, in B.C., protests thus far have remained peaceful.


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