More than 1,000 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Vancouver on Saturday (January 23) to register their condemnation of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's prorogation of Parliament.
Protesters gathered outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in early afternoon and then marched to a rally at Victory Square, where they heard from several speakers and chanted "Get back to work! Get back to work!"
Speakers included Jason Gratl, vice president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, and Shoni Field, a member of Fair Vote Canada's national council.
Elected federal politicians from the Liberal and New Democratic parties, as well as Green party representatives, attended the protest.
On December 30, 2009, Harper shut down Parliament until March 3.
Photos by Stephen Hui
Protest signs outside the Vancouver Art Gallery at the start of the march.
Vancouver police escort the march.
The march reaches Victory Square.
NDP MP Libby Davies at the rally at Victory Square.
Liberal MP Joyce Murray, candidate Wendy Yuan, and MP Hedy Fry.
Shoni Field addresses the rally.
Protest signs at the rally.
MC Charles Demers speaks to the crowd.
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