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Protests in Vancouver end peacefully

August 19 2017 Over 4,000 people gather outside City Hall in opposing rallies

Over 4,000 people gather outside City Hall in opposing rallies

A small number of right-wing protestors took part in a march organized by the Worldwide Coalition Against Islam, and the Cultural Action Party, a registered BC political party.

A much larger counter protest, led by a group called Stand Up to Racism Metro Vancouver, was addressed by speakers including Mayor Gregor Robertson and a representative of Premier John Horgan.

The event was largely peaceful with minimal damage to public property and only a small number of minor disturbances which were handled by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD).

At the request of the VPD, City of Vancouver implemented road closures and parking restrictions, provided traffic management support, and took additional precautions to minimize disruption to the public.

The City does not issue permits for any rallies or protests and did not sanction today's rally. City Hall is public property, therefore the City could not prevent people from assembling near the building or exercising their right to freedom of expression.

As a City of Reconciliation, Vancouver has zero tolerance for hatred and racism and discrimination.

Read more information about today's protest on the VPD website.