17 August, 2022

Canadians marched to celebrate, protest and demand on the International Women's Day

Oscar Vigil

Toronto, Glen. Several thousand citizens, including a significant group of Latino, They marched through the streets of downtown Toronto over the weekend to mark the celebrations of International Women's Day, that performs 8 March each year, and in this 2019 It was remembered under the theme: "Think of equality, We build intelligently, Innovemos for change ".

It seemed a perfect day, sunny and the temperature one degree Centigrade, first positive numbers that were seen in the thermometer in weeks ... but a liar like winter sun, because the breeze, with its cold arctic air, Colaba to the bone.

At exactly 12:00 noon in the area of ​​Bloor Street and Bedford, In the city center, just off the subway station St. George and opposite the building Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) University of Toronto, Participants of the rally were few. A woman in a rise in the bleachers shouted slogans building, almost afónica.

Around it, his companions conversed among themselves, They walked aimlessly or were bound for the nearby cafes, more for hot air to buy tea or coffee. The red flags jutted over traditional black and gray colors of winter coats.

But what are the signs of the times: Some participants arrived in tennis shoes, while others did with winter boots. ¿Thick jacket or light jacket? Of the two types in such confusing times like the transition from winter to spring.

At 12:30 already he saw a crowd in the area, and one o'clock, as good Canadians, the ranks of marchers were huge and were in place to begin a journey that this year the organization of the United Nations defined under the theme: "Think of equality, We build intelligently, Innovemos for change ".

It was the march of International Women's Day 2019, Once in Toronto was used to celebrate, to dance and sing, but also to protest and demand gender equality. But it was not only women march, men also abounded, youth and children. They marched entire families pushing baby strollers, enjoying the weather in areas where the sun hit and covering a little more when they passed through the shadows under the tall buildings or the wind blew.

Walkers crossed Bloor Street, occupying only the eastbound lane, Yonge Street towards. In front of them, a police car and a dozen police bike marked their path. Canadian typical peace march, most walked in silence, but answering lungs to the rhythm of the slogans. "Refugees, they import here, immigrants, they import here, Muslims, they import here "or" How does it look Democracy? This is how democracy looks "were the most popular slogans chanted in English by several thousand participants in this demonstration of civic support for gender equality.

It was not all English. The Spanish language was also present at the march with banners and slogans chanted by dozens of members of the communities of Latin American origin living in the region, who sang with emotion, "Berta did not die, Berta did not die, Berta made millions, made millions, Berta me ", in honor of the environmental activist Berta Cáceres who was murdered in Honduras 2 March 2016.

The marchers reached the subway station located at the intersection of Bloor and Yonge streets, and they crossed south over the latter, the main road that crosses the entire city and is known as the longest street in the world. Here they began to occupy the two lanes of the artery to march.

But passing through the station Wellesley, several blocks south, They got off the trip and again reduced to one lane, which it goes south. Nothing out of place, all alone, gladly, but firmly. The police always accompany them, its praised, no bad gestures.

In a corner, A lady, young, blanca, typical Canadian, He approached me and asked me what the march was. I explained that it was the celebration of International Women's Day and looked astonished. "To show you what I'm told that these things", He told me and went on his way.

On the sidewalks people stopped to watch the marchers, some of whom they were playing musical instruments and other, the majority, carrying placards with the most diverse slogans, but of course, largely related to the rights of women and the need for equity and social justice.

When you reach the street Gerard, in the heart of the largest city in the country, the march crossed eastward, to go to lead to facilities Ryerson University where they had organized art exhibitions, political and social issues. More rallies and speeches of all kinds, excelling as usual bustling concentrations of Hispanics, this time, to protest against the US and Canadian intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela. It was exactly 2:00 pm.