Protesting racial injustice and police brutality in the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, a demonstration was organised on Parliament Hill in Canada which was attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Wearing a face mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian PM participated in the protest and all love broke loose on Twitter when he took a knee to show his solidarity with the black lives. Also Read - Scientists Develop Stamp-sized Wearable Device Fitted With Sensors to Monitor Coronavirus Patients

Unlike US President Donald Trump who had criticised the kneeling gesture and said, “We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!”, Trudeau took a knee and even stood in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the duration that the white Minneapolis officer knelt on Floyd’s neck. Winning hearts among the protesters and netizens, Trudeau was even seen carrying a ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirt and chanting with the crowd from behind his face mask. Also Read - COVID-19 Hitting Livelihoods, Causing Anxiety, Stress: WHO

In no time, Twitter was flooded with gush-worthy messages where Americans even drew parallels between him and Trump. Also Read - People Who Stayed Home Before Lockdown Helped Slow COVID-19 Spread

Refraining to name Trump when asked to comment on the US President tear gassing protesters to clear the way for a photo, Trudeau said, “We all watch in horror and consternation at what is going on the United States. It is time to pull people together.”