Hundreds of protesters march against Trump in Toronto
They carried a banner reading 'Make Racists Afraid Again'
About 300 protesters marched to express their opposition to U.S. president-elect Donald Trump in downtown Toronto on Sunday, carrying a banner that read "Make Racists Afraid Again."
The demonstrators met in Nathan Phillips Square outside Toronto city hall, then made their way to the U.S. consulate on University Avenue while chanting "Dump Trump."
"I think the message here is that people of goodwill across the world are opposed to his policies," participant Carolyn Egan told CBC Toronto.
"We're here in solidarity with all those who are protesting in the United States," said Egan. "I have two nieces who are doing so, and I'm here to say 'We're with you.'"
"I think it's great to see the solidarity," said demonstrator Sakura Saunders.
Mira El Hussein, one of the organizers of the march, is concerned that Canadian politicians could adopt Trump's rhetoric, citing federal Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch, who has proposed screening immigrants for "anti-Canadian values."
"[The election of Trump] just says a lot about North America," said El Hussain.
"It says a lot about the complacency of people, and it says a lot about the fact that when you have a political candidate like this, folks who agree with them get emboldened and feel that they can actually be racist outright."
Anti-Trump demonstrations have been held across the U.S. for five days straight, following Trump's surprise win over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Although Clinton won the popular vote, Trump secured enough electoral college votes to clinch the presidential race.
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With files from Natalie Nanowski