Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has remained silent for more than 20 seconds at a news conference on Tuesday, after being asked about his view of US President Donald Trump severely dispersing protesters and calling for military intervention on Monday evening.
During the long hiatus, Trudeau seemed uncomfortable. Expressions turned across his face as he seemed to look at his response, before eventually stepping over the question.
“We are all watching in a state of terror and anxiety what is happening in the United States. It is time to bring people together, but it is time to listen. It is time to know what injustice is, and it continues despite progress for years and decades,” he responded during his daily press conference Tuesday from Ottawa.
He continued, “It is time for us as Canadians to recognize that we also face the challenges that Canadian Canadians and racist Canadians face to discriminate as a life every day. There is systemic discrimination in Canada, which means our systems treat colored Canadians, Canadians who are subjected to racism differently from others.”
While most protests continue peacefully, Montreal police reported on its Twitter account that at least 11 people were arrested and investigations continued after looting and abuse in the heart of the city center.