June 5, 2020

On June 5 in downtown Vancouver, thousands of people gathered at Jack Poole Plaza in an act of solidarity with wide-sweeping protests across the U.S. after the police killing of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed on May 25 as a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd gasped, saying he could not breathe.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have marched and demonstrated in every U.S. state and in cities across Canada to condemn racism and police abuses with the rallying call, Black Lives Matter.

In Canada, these protests have also brought attention to police abuse against black and Indigenous Canadians.

Here is what some of the demonstrators had to say on Friday.