Toronto’s Pride parade took place this past Sunday, and it was stopped for about 25 minutes on Sunday when protesters from Black Lives Matter-Toronto staged a protest on the parade route.
At about 3:15pm, the BLM protestors, who had a float at the front of the parade, stopped about two thirds of the way along the route at Yonge and College, stating that they would not move until Pride organizers agreed to sign a list of demands. Soon after, Pride Director Mathieu Chantelois met with the protest and signed the document.
Co-founder of Black Lives Matter-Toronto, Alexandria Williams, was at the forefront of the sit-in, and promoted via a megaphone the list of their demands. Black Lives Matter, which believes in freedom and justice for all black lives, staged the sit-in in hopes of removing police floats from future parades, and a commitment from Pride to hire more “black trans women, black queer people, indigenous folk and others from vulnerable communities.”
Alexandria Williams was scheduled to join the Oakley Show, but could not be reached for comment.