By Michael Boriero – Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
There were over a hundred people at the Marché de la Gare in Sherbrooke on Friday afternoon, as protesters gathered to denounce a string of femicides in Quebec.
The large crowd, carrying banners, pickets, megaphones and a unified voice, marched through the downtown area, demanding the provincial government step up after eight women who died over the past eight weeks were linked to domestic violence.
The protest lasted more than three hours. The Sherbrooke Police Service blocked off portions of the city to allow safe circulation as the march made a pit stop at the Palais de Justice before concluding in front of town hall.
Angelika Homere, project manager at the Centre des femmes du Haut-Saint-François La Passerelle, a women’s intervention and learning centre in Cookshire-Eaton, gave a speech prior to the march. She called out the government’s inaction towards a grave situation.