A planned demonstration in front of the U.S Consulate General’s office is taking place on Monday morning, resulting in limited operations.
The Consulate’s office released a statement informing U.S citizens that limited service will be available on January 30 due to the demonstrations.
“Local police will provide uniformed police to monitor the event. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence,” the Consulate said in the statement. “You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.”
“Freedom for refugees, justice for immigrants”
— Chris Houston (@chris_m_h) January 30, 2017
A Facebook event called “We support refugees + muslims” shows over 3,600 people attending the demonstration, which began at 8 am on Monday despite the cold weather.
“Donald Trump is passing the most racist Executive Orders the U.S has seen in decades,” reads the event post. “Refugees, many of them children, are trapped in airports and being turned back to a dangerous home.. because of their religion, their language, their skin colour. Five Muslims were just murdered in Quebec City. For all those who believe in a compassionate world, the time to act is now.”
The post states the event is a peaceful, non-disruptive gathering, open to anyone.
The demonstrations are taking place outside the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, which is located at 360 University Avenue. Hundreds are out on the streets for the demonstration, scheduled to go on until 2 pm today.
— Spencer H-M (@Spencer_HM) January 30, 2017
— Setareh Shamdani (@sshamdani) January 30, 2017
— Jennifer Chan (@jennifertchan) January 30, 2017
— Lola Landekic (@lolamachine) January 30, 2017
— Chrissy Lynn Trudel (@ChrissyTrudel) January 30, 2017
— Oliver Brackenbury (@obrackenbury) January 30, 2017