21 AUG 2017: Speakers at an anti-racism rally in Vancouver are calling for people to spread love, tolerance and understanding. About four thousand people attended the rally at Vancouver's city hall on Saturday, with many carrying signs that bore messages like “live with love” and “diversity equals strength.”  

Bob Chamberlin of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs spoke to those gathered, saying now is the time for unity and all Canadians have to come together in order for reconciliation with First Nations to be successful.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson told the crowd that people need to know the city won't tolerate inequality or hate, but he says there's still work to be done in building love and respect.

Vancouver Police say about four thousand people attended the rally, and there were no reported assaults or injuries.

Police did say, however, that five people were arrested for breaching the peace and two were escorted away from the area to prevent a disturbance.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who marched in the Montreal Pride parade joined by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (marking the first time a foreign head of government has joined a prime minister in a Canadian Pride celebration) congratulated Vancouverites on hosting a successful anti-racism rally, posting a message on Twitter following the event, saying, “diversity will always be our strength.”


 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar
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