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Large crowd gathers in downtown Toronto to rally in support of Ukraine

Hundreds turn out for a rally in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in Toronto on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Marc Cormier / Global News

Large crowds turned out in downtown Toronto on Sunday afternoon to rally in support of the people of Ukraine, as the war in that country continues.

The #StandWithUkraine rally was organized by the Toronto branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, and began at 2 p.m., at the Russian Consulate on St. Clair Avenue East.

Demonstrators held the Ukrainian flag and signs condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions.

In a tweet Sunday afternoon, Toronto police said St. Clair Avenue East from Yonge Street to Avoca Avenue was closed due to a “large crowd” blocking traffic in the area.

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In a press release, the congress said the rally is against Russia’s “continuing and brutal invasion of Ukraine.”

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“The Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Toronto Branch, together with the GTA Ukrainian and other communities, will be holding a Rally to support Ukraine and to strongly condemn Russia’s continuing unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” the release reads. “Putin must be stopped now! NATO needs to ACT NOW!”

A post on the congress’s Facebook page says the organization is calling for a no-fly zone to be implemented over Ukraine.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine late last month, rallies and protest marches have been held daily in Toronto and across the country.

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Last weekend, large crowds gathered to participate in a “mega march” in Toronto.

Demonstrators walked from Yonge and Dundas Square, to Nathan Phillip’s Square, in support of Ukraine.

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