How the Giller Prize Became Associated with Genocide on The Walrus

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  1. ON NOVEMBER 13, 2023, less than four minutes into the awards ceremony for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the evening’s host, comedian Rick Mercer, was attempting a joke about Alice Munro when two young people quietly appeared next to him onstage holding signs that read, “Scotiabank funds genocide.” After a moment of shocked silence, another protester shouted from the floor, “Scotiabank currently has a $500 million stake in Elbit Systems. Elbit Systems is supplying the Israeli military’s genocide against the Palestinian people!” Mercer awkwardly grasped at the signs, ripping one of them. The cameras cut away, and the band struck up. Within seconds, event staff were ushering the protesters into the hands of police.

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