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Thousands attend anti-racism rally in Vancouver

Canadian Press logoCanadian Press 2017-08-19

Thousands of people gather outside Vancouver City Hall as alt-right protesters and anti-racism protesters take part in rallies in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, August 19, 2017. © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Thousands of people gather outside Vancouver City Hall as alt-right protesters and anti-racism protesters take part in rallies in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, August 19, 2017. VANCOUVER - Thousands of people have joined a protest against racism and hate at Vancouver's city hall.

Vancouver Police say about 4,000 people attended Saturday's rally and the crowd was so large that a busy road in the area had to be closed to vehicle traffic.

Signs reading "live with love" and "diversity = strength" were spotted throughout the packed crowd as speakers talked about tolerance and the need for a more inclusive society.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson told those gathered that the city will not stand for hatred or inequality, but noted work still must be done to spread the message of understanding.

A handful of individuals opposing the anti-racism protesters showed up and were quickly ushered away by police when verbal confrontations appeared as though they could become physical.

There were reports earlier this week that an extreme right wing protest was planned, but it never materialized.

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