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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended an anti-racism protest Friday and took a public knee in solidarity with demonstrators.

"In order to reopen the economy, we have a very clear idea and have shared... the essential conditions for that safe reopening so this money will be there to ensure that all Canadians whatever their jurisdiction or wherever they're living, will have whatever they need so they can reopen", he said.

Trudeau joined the large crowd in kneeling for eight minutes and 46 seconds - which is how long a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on George Floyd's neck before his death.

Trudeau was accompanied by Families Minister Ahmed Hussen, a Somali-Canadian who has spoken out about the racism he has faced in Canada. "These are not just black Canadians".

"We see you and we are listening", Saunders, who is black, tweeted after the meeting. The yelling died down as local black leaders started speaking about their calls for an end to racial injustice at home and overseas.

Ottawa protestor Stephane Kribodo said there was too much racism - "in the world, in France, in the United States, in Canada". "People want justice, they want systemic change and an end to racial profiling".

Tam said the outbreak has occurred in most regions of Canada, but the vast majority of cases have been in Ontario and Quebec, with community transmission hotspots in the Toronto and Montreal areas.

Two women with mental health problems, in Toronto and the town of Edmundston, New Brunswick, died after calling police for help. The African-American man was killed while in police custody on May 25; all four officers at the scene now face charges.

Now "is a time to listen, it is a time to pull people together and a time to learn what injustices continue despite progress over years and decades", he added.



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