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BREAKING: Thousands protest in Toronto over the deaths of Regis Korchinski-Paquet and George Floyd

Protests that were planned today in Toronto to take action against anti-black and anti-Indigenous racism in Canada and the US saw thousands arrive on the scene to take part.
Libby Emmons and Beth Baisch The Post Millennial

Protests that were planned today in Toronto to take action against anti-black and anti-Indigenous racism in Canada and the US saw thousands arrive on the scene to take part.

Two hours after its start, the protest continues to gain more demonstrators.

As they marched to Queen's Park, protestors could be heard to chant slogans against the police.

This action comes in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis, as well as the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, who fell 24 floors from her balcony while police were in her apartment. Police have been accused of pushing her to her death.

Charges have been laid against Derek Chauvin, the officer who was caught on video forcefully detaining Floyd against the ground. Korchinski-Paquet's death is being investigated by Ontario's Special Investigations Unit.

The protests today were organized by a group called Not Another Black Life. There have been weekly, Saturday protests in Toronto since April 25, although those were with regard to a desire to end the lockdown.

The protest march, which will end at Queen's Park, were slated for a 2 p.m. at Christie Pits park, near Bloor Street West and Christie Street.

Toronto Mayor John Tory, who has been vocal about his desire to see Canadians follow social distancing and stay-home restrictions, offered understanding today at Torontonians anger over Korchinski-Paquet's death. He asked protestors to maintain social distancing protocols, according to CBC.

These are the same protocols that he broke at Trinity-Bellwoods Park last weekend.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

Libby Emmons and Beth Baisch
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