Guelph anti-racism protest planned for Saturday

The protest will take place in front of city hall.

A peaceful anti-racism protest is planned for Saturday in front of Guelph’s city hall in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

It comes as protests erupt in the U.S. and worldwide over the deaths of black people at the hands of police officers.

Last week, George Floyd died when an officer pressed his knee into his neck. Dereck Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder.

While some of the protests in U.S. cities have included separate groups of violent looters, Guelph’s protest emphasizes a “peaceful protest”.

“This is a peaceful protest/gathering in support of our Canadian BIPOC and our American [neighbours] who face disproportionate rates of police brutality and systematic racism,” the event description reads.

Organizers encourage attendees to “get creative” and “make a sign” while lending support.

Masks will be mandatory for the event, which is taking place amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers ask that anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms stay home.

During the protest, attendees must maintain two-metre separation from those who they do not live with, following physical distancing requirements set out by public health officials.

Protestors are asked to march in groups of five or less, maintain a distance of six feet between each group and “plan ahead for essential needs, care and supplies.”