Hundreds of protesters march through downtown Montreal on Saturday to denounce “atrocities” committed around Kyiv, which came to light over the weekend.
“Stop killing the Ukrainian people”, chants the crowd, equipped with umbrellas and flags in the colors of Ukraine. Marching on Sainte-Catherine Street, to the east, protesters brandish signs high up where you can see photos of civilians killed in Boutcha, on the outskirts of Kyiv. After the withdrawal of Russian troops, these images went around the world, sparking outrage.
Nika Nikitenko holds a lantern with both hands. “We have candles to honor those who have passed away,” she said. Today, we have a lot of people to think about. The political science student, who has lived in Canada for 12 years, says she suffers for Ukrainians, “even those [qu’elle] Do not know “.
A few blocks from Sainte-Catherine Street, protesters join the procession. Passing in front of Stanley Street, the slogans redouble their ardor. “Ukraine! Ukraine! Ukraine! shouts the crowd.
Nataliya Laptypva wears a cap in the colors of Ukraine. After the withdrawal of Russian troops last week, “the extent of the atrocities committed” by Moscow forces around Kyiv was revealed, she said. “So many victims,” she laments. The 39-year-old woman, who has lived in Canada for 15 years, says she was hurt when she saw “these destroyed places” near the capital. The town of Irpin is where she spent her summers as a child.