Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators are expected to gather outside the U.S. Consulate in downtown Toronto Sunday afternoon.
Anti-Israeli slogans of pro-Palestinian protesters reverberated through the downtown core Sunday as they marched to the beat of a drum, some crying, while waving placards and flags.
The sprawling and boisterous four-hour rally followed similar protests Saturday. The demonstrations took place as a deadly war rages in the Middle East that has reignited fierce public debate over the decades-old conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
On Sunday, numerous groups lent their voices to support the Palestinian cause.
“From Turtle Island to Palestine, occupation is a crime,” organizers proclaimed over loudspeakers as the protesters joined in.
The event began peacefully in front of the U.S. Consulate on University Avenue. Protesters cleared room for young families and seniors.
Organizers, leading chants from the bed of a truck equipped with a speaker system, guided the procession through major downtown arteries.
At points, floods of protesters overtook several blocks of Yonge Street, from sidewalk to sidewalk — and up scaffolding, too.