Canadian protesters sang "Face Trump!" to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he joined thousands at a rally against racism on Friday and knelt next to demonstrators.
Trudeau, wearing a black mask and surrounded by bodyguards, surprisingly appeared in front of the "No Justice = No Peace" rally. His appearance was a day after the police shot an indigenous woman during a wellness check in eastern Canada.
Demonstrations took place in other Canadian cities on Friday, including Toronto, where hundreds of people protested downtown following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, during police detention in Minnesota.
Trudeau knelt three times with other demonstrators, a gesture that protested police brutality and police treatment of African Americans. Afterwards, several people thanked Trudeau for kneeling.
On Monday, the police gassed peaceful protesters outside the White House with tear gas to make room for President Donald Trump to have a Bible taken in front of a church.
The liberal prime minister, asked to comment on Trump's idea of using soldiers against demonstrators on Tuesday, paused more than 20 seconds before saying that the Canadians were watching the United States with "horror and dismay".
Trudeau did not speak at the rally on Friday and left when the demonstrators started a march to the US embassy near the Parliament building.
"What needs to happen is a long-term change," said Sisi Akhigbe, 24, who raised more than $ 9,000 online to offer drinks and snacks to demonstrators in Ottawa. "We have been treated unfairly and are tired."