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What we know about the anti-LGBTQ2S+ protest, counter-protest in Edmonton and across Canada on Wednesday

Anti-LGBTQ2S+ protests are happening in Edmonton and across Canada on Wednesday.

There will also be counter-protests against the “1MillionMarch4Children,” a group “standing together against gender ideology in schools.”

Protesters in Edmonton will gather outside the Alberta Teachers’ Association building on 142 Street and 110 Avenue Wednesday morning, according to the 1MillionMarch4Children.

A counter-protest organized by United Change Edmonton plans to meet Wednesday morning and walk to the site of the protest.

Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi condemned the anti-LGBTQ2S+ protest.

“The protest taking place tomorrow, guised as protecting our children, will actually cause tremendous harm to our 2SLGBTQIA+ youth, their families, and allies,” Sohi said on social media.

“These views are not reflective of Edmonton’s values of diversity, inclusivity, compassion, and understanding.”

North Glenora’s community league, a neighbourhood in close proximity to the protest, also denounced the anti-LGBTQ2S+ protest and said it’s been in touch with the city and police.

The Edmonton Police Service confirmed to CTV News Edmonton it will monitor the protest to ensure safety and mitigate traffic delays.

“While police officers are sworn to uphold the Criminal Code, they are also sworn to uphold the rights of Canadians that are enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the freedom of peaceful assembly and expression. Upholding both sets of laws can be a delicate task, but the EPS always works to ensure that a balance is struck,” EPS said in an email.

“The EPS takes hate-motivated crimes and incidents seriously, and supports our community’s right to live free from hate. Should offensive symbols appear and/or hate-related incidents take place during an event or protest, police will investigate whether the incident meets the threshold of the hate provisions laid out in the Criminal Code of Canada and will lay charges where appropriate. In these situations, officers will seek legal advice and consult with the EPS Hate Crimes Unit to determine whether charges are possible.”

More details to come…

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