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Photo Essay: Rally for Toronto - September 26, 2011

by Mike Barber

Several thousand people gathered in front of City Hall to protest Rob Ford's cuts. (all captions by Megan Kinch)
Police were present but stayed mostly in the background.
Many unions were present including TTC workers, United Steelworkers, teachers.
Many people carried homemade signs.
The general atmosphere was festive, with musical performances and drummers present.
Drawing political slogans with chalk on the ground seems to have caught on since the mass chalking after Jack Layton's death. Children especially enjoyed this activity.
The front of the square by Queen street was packed with many people in Nathan Phillips square itself.
A truck was set up as a stage for speakers, which were translated into sign language live.
Security cameras were present, as always.
There were signs referring to the frequent red baiting- many people wore stickers saying "Mammoliti, I'm a communist". There was signifiant political diversity however, with many supporting the NDP or just opposing the cuts in general without having specific politics.
Stop the Cuts had a huge red banner hanging from the overhead walkway.
Student activists from the U of T general assembly were also present.
Red and black flags were also prominent at the rally.
This activist holds a sign referring to Ford's promise not to cut services

Photos by Mike Barber. Captions by Megan Kinch.

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