Emancipation Day march in downtown Toronto requires abolition of jail system

Bryann Aguilar, CP24.com

Printed Saturday, August 1, 2020 9:54PM EDT

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A whole lot of protesters have gathered in downtown Toronto Saturday evening for a march calling for the abolition of the jail system.

Referred to as “A March for Jail Abolition,” it began at Bellevue Sq. Park at eight p.m.

Protesters carried indicators and chanted “no justice, no peace,” “abolish the police,” and “Black lives they matter right here” as they marched alongside Dundas Avenue.

The march was organized by Not One other Black Life. In a submit days earlier than the march, the group mentioned, “emancipation isn’t actual till the methods that oppress us are abolished.”

“Our ancestors abolished slavery, we’ll abolish the jail industrial advanced.”

August 1 is Emancipation Day, which marks the top of slavery in Canada.

The group can be calling for the federal authorities to proclaim Emancipation Day as a nationwide vacation.

Police are advising drivers to seek out alternate routes.