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Anti-racism rally in Innisfail back on following backlash

Last Updated Jun 9, 2020 at 7:03 am MDT

A shot from the front page of the Central Alberta Against Racism Facebook page. (CREDIT: Central Alberta Against Racism)

INNISFAIL (660 NEWS) – A rally against racism in a small Alberta town was postponed after the organizer says she was met with racist backlash but now it appears the protest is back on.

The page Central Alberta Against Racism reads it’s sick of racism and thinks citizens and elected officials need to support black lives, Indigenous lives, and people of colour.

Group organizer Brittany Bovey didn’t expect to be met with hostility when she created the group and planned to put together an anti-racism rally in Innisfail.

However, after a barrage of negative comments, Bovey said the event was cancelled saying her town appears not ready for the show of support to Black Lives Matter.

She said several residents complained about the rally, one asking “when will the white lives matters protest be”, another saying “I hope no one shows to your stupid rally.”

After announcing the rally was cancelled, Bovey said she received a flood of encouragement and support from hundreds outside of the town.

Many applauded Bovey for taking a stand and wanting to show support for racial equality.

As a result of the positive messages, Bovey said the rally is going ahead this Saturday.