Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fell silent for 20 seconds on Tuesday, hesitating before responding on Tuesday to a question from a journalist on the management by American President Donald Trump of the demonstrations caused by the death of an asphyxiated African-American by a white police officer in the United States.

The very long silence of the Canadian leader followed a question from the journalist on the threat formulated by Donald Trump to use the armed forces to come to terms with the outbreaks of violence noted across the country.

When he finally spoke, Justin Trudeau avoided quoting Donald Trump by name in his response. “We are all watching with horror and dismay what is going on in the United States,” the Canadian said at the press conference. “

“It is time to bring people together, but it is also time to listen, it is time to learn what injustices persist despite progress over the years and decades,” the leader continued, adding that his country also had to respond to discrimination. “Here in Canada we also have great challenges: we have systemic discrimination, which means that our systems, our institutions, the measures, everything we put in place, do not deal with Canadians of diverse origins the same way as others, “said Trudeau.

Protest movements also took place in the Canadian cities of Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal, echoing the rallies against racism and police brutality in the USA.

For several days, demonstrations and riots have been noted in the neighboring country, in a dozen American states, following the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black American asphyxiated by a white police officer in Minneapolis.