In Vancouver, parents from across Canada gathered to protest the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) curriculums in public schools and advocate for parental rights in children's gender decisions.
Mainstream media, politicians, public officials, and unions uniformly denounced yesterday's parent-led rallies in the week leading up to it, calling them 'anti-trans, hateful, and bigoted.' But demonstrations still broke out in cities all over Canada.
The Robson Square plaza in downtown Vancouver was filled with protesters and counter-protesters well before noon.
Parents, kids, and their supporters faced significant resistance from radical gender activists, who outnumbered them three to one.
An aggressive group of masked black bloc agitators accompanied the counter-protesters, requiring dozens of Vancouver police to form a line keeping the groups apart.
Chants of "Leave our kids alone!" and "Trans lives matter!" were exchanged for several hours before the parents dispersed shortly after 1 p.m.
In that time, the two groups managed to stay separated, with a few notable exceptions when expletives were shouted and scuffles broke out within the crowd.
Cheers rang out from the counter-protesters along with taunts of "Nazis go home" as parents began to leave.
After the police left, they received loud applause from trans activists chanting, "Hey, hey, hoe, hoe, VPD has got to go." One counter-protester exclaimed, "I feel safer already!"
With the police absent, a short window opened for the Antifa impersonators to surround, intimidate, and harass the remaining demonstrators.
Police had to step in to de-escalate the situation after one man was pulled down by an Antifa member and subsequently surrounded by a group of masked individuals who threw water and a plastic bottle at him.