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Black Lives Matter vigil in Halifax marches on Police HQ

Chants echoed throughout downtown Halifax Friday evening as hundreds gathered at a vigil to honor those who died at the hands of racial injustice

A candlelight vigil that began at the Halifax Grand Parade outside city hall ended up marching on Halifax Regional Police headquarters on Gottingen Street Friday evening.

Hundreds attended the vigil with the purpose of honoring those who died due to police brutality and white supremacy.

Organizers say the event was in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement that is occurring across Canada and the world. 

Many attendees carried posters and signs with names of friends, family members and victims lost to racism or brutality.

The rally at Grand Parade finished with a large portion of the crowd marching toward Halifax Regional Police headquarters on Gottingen Street.

There, the organizers occupied the steps of the David P. McKinnon Building on Gottingen Street without incident before handing out candles to audience.

Some, like vigil attendee Steve Eneh, was encouraged by the reception and hopes rallies such as this will lead to genuine change.

"It feels great that there's so much light to it," said Eneh. "I've seen and experienced hostility and it's great that people are finally listening."

Organizers of the Halifax vigil encouraged people to respect public health protocols by maintaining covid-19 distance protocols and wearing masks while volunteers handed out free hand sanitizer. 


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