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Protestors gather downtown to mark Emancipation Day in Canada

Last Updated Aug 2, 2020 at 7:37 am EST

Protestors gathered in downtown Toronto late Saturday evening to support the Black Lives Matter movement and to have Aug. 1 officially recognized as Emancipation Day.

Emancipation Day was when slavery was outlawed in Canada and in most of the British empire. The legislation went into effect on Aug. 1, 1834.

According to social media posts, the rally was organized by Not Another Black Life. They were one of the groups that had organized a protest this past Thursday and Friday in support of 30-year-old Moka Dawkins. Dawkins, a Black trans woman activist, was being held by police in connection to an alleged assault. She was later released Friday afternoon and has denied the allegations in the case.

Police said the group initially blocked the intersection of Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue but eventually moved on to the front of Toronto Police 52 Division at 255 Dundas Street West.

At around 10 p.m., police said the group moved east along Dundas Street West. Video from the intersection of Yonge Street and Dundas Street showed a group blocking that intersection.

Police said no arrests were made.