Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Over 100 Rally at Cornwallis Statue to Recall Virginia Violence, Denounce Racism

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Over 100 Rally at Cornwallis Statue to Recall Virginia Violence, Denounce Racism

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Halifax gathering protests white supremacy

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HALIFAX - More than 100 people gathered in a Halifax park Tuesday to criticize the rise of the white supremacist movement in the United States and recall racism's role in Canadian history.

The gathering took place around the statue of Halifax's founder Edward Cornwallis, a bronze monument that Mi'kmaq groups have long argued should be taken down.

Several speakers drew comparisons between the movement to remove the colonial governor and efforts to take down statues in the southern United States that commemorate leaders of the Confederacy.

Brad Vaughan, a member of one of the groups that helped organize the gathering, said the anti-racism protest was called as part of a wider national movement to show solidarity with victims of weekend violence in Virginia that left one woman dead and 19 others injured. …

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