Toronto has a new energy when it comes to protests. For many today the current city government has been a wake up call to become active and make noise about their issues. Over 2,000 peaceful protesters took to the street tonight to voice their concerns
From homelessness, threats of cuts to services to a growing unrest of the working poor May Day was the perfect vehicle to make a stand in a peaceful way.
This evening many Torontorians took to the streets as part of a May Day protest. From ending war to the Occupy Movement citizens walked to bring awareness to issues that they felt strongly about.
Young adults, families with their children, thirty and forty-somethings and seniors were all standing tall to make a stand. At Nathan Phillips Square people started to gather around 1:30 waiting for the planned time of 4:00 p.m.
While protesters began to arrive the Toronto Police Services were already on the scene. Constable Wendy Drummond said that the police arrived early to the Square but said there were no reports of any planned disturbances. That said the police will be a visible force throughout the night in Toronto.
By 4:00 p.m. hundreds were ready for action with more arriving each minute. With drums and speeches the crowd waited for the time to march throughout the city.
Also on hand were volunteer medics ready to take care of any health issues and trained to help defuse any situations that could arise. Luckily those situations were free. Other than a few cases, including a woman whose sugar levels were low, there wasn't any major medical problems.
On Queen Street West and Spadina the movement slowed for several minutes as a sit-in took place in the middle of the street. Within minutes the protesters rose to continue their way towards Alexandria Park on Bathurst Street.
Motorists smiled as they waited for traffic to move as the crowds, swelling to over 2,000 people passed them by. Some took time to use their cell phones to photograph the parade of people and text as they waited.