A demonstration to call attention to racial injustice continues near Ottawa City Hall.
The Black Diaspora Coalition has been blocking traffic at the corner of Laurier Avenue and Nicholas Street since 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, with pop-up tents set up in the middle of the intersection.
The protest is officially being called the 'A Day of Action for Anishinabeg and Black Lives.'
A heads-up for anyone going to the new COVID-19 testing centre at the National Arts Centre:
We still out here because .. pic.twitter.com/jERW0EavYS— Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition (@DiasporaOttawa) November 20, 2020
Testing Update: Due to a demonstration downtown, those who have testing appointments booked at the NAC Assessment Centre should enter at The Ottawa City Hall parking garage via Elgin St to register. pic.twitter.com/3fWTAAWrRB— The Ottawa Hospital (@OttawaHospital) November 20, 2020
Demonstrators have been chanting 'shame,' and at one point things became heated when a grey SUV pushed through the crowd of demonstrators.
Nearby officers with the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) were called into intervene, but in a statement police said there were no reports of injuries or collisions.
However, the Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition tweeted that one of the volunteers was injured in the incident.
UPDATE:— Ottawa Black Diaspora Coalition (@DiasporaOttawa) November 20, 2020
It is confirmed a volunteer IS INJURED due to the car that drove into peaceful protesters earlier today. This is shameful and endangerment. https://t.co/dhZlGgbYSV