November 13, 2016 6:13 pm
Updated: November 13, 2016 7:39 pm

Torontonians gather at Nathan Phillips Square to protest Donald Trump

WATCH ABOVE: Hundreds of people are expected to gather at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on Sunday to protest U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Erica Vella reports.

A A

Hundreds of people gathered at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on Sunday to protest U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

An event called Solidarity is Stronger: Against Hate at Home and Abroad was was posted on Facebook and has 1,100 confirmed attendees.

“The leader of the United States definitely affects Canadians and leaders over here affects Canadians,” said event organizer Mira El Hussein.

Story continues below

“Rhetoric from the United States spills on to our boarders… It’s  something that impacts everybody.”

Toronto is the second major Canadian city to hold a demonstration over Tuesday’s election results.

On Saturday, over 200 people came out to support the Increase the Peace demonstration which was held at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

“We are fighting not so much against the process of democracy, but the message of hate that is being spread and [Trump has] made it okay to hate and spread discrimination and racism,” said Increase the Peace organizer Carling Jackson.

“That’s not okay. It’s never okay.”

Nelson Wiseman, associate professor at University of Toronto, said the protests in Canada are imitative.

“There is a sense of solidarity and it’s a way for people to get together and reinforce other’s beliefs,” said Wiseman.

“But we have to respect the decision Americans made and as Hillary Clinton said, we should approach this with an open mind.”

Another demonstration called “Rally Against Trump,” which has 1,900 confirmed attendees, has been planned for Saturday at Toronto City Hall.

© 2016 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Report an error

Comments

Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.