TORONTO | thousands of people have protested in the quiet Saturday at Toronto to denounce the police violence, and racism, in the United States as in Canada, has found an AFP journalist.
The event has been organised following the death of a young black woman on Wednesday in Toronto, that fell out of a balcony on the 24th floor during a police intervention in circumstances still not clarified.
It also occurs as the protests have gained all of the United States after the death of George Floyd, an African-american, 46 years old, in the hands of the police of Minneapolis.
The demonstrators canadians — many wearing masks because of the sars coronavirus — brandished placards ” Not another life-black “, “The lives of black matter” or “I can’t breathe” in reference to the last words spoken by George Floyd while he was tackled to the ground by a police officer.
“It is important, in spite of the pandemic, to show that we are fighting for justice for all, for black people and all people of color. Even if the problem is more important in the United States, it is happening on our doorstep here in Toronto and in Canada. We must unite around the world, ” told AFP a protester.
“I came to show solidarity and to offer my support for all of the lives of black people that have been taken, stolen,” added Malaika Hennie, a 24 year old woman.
The crowd included people of all backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of Toronto, the largest metropolis of the country with some 6 million inhabitants.
“I came to support black people who are a part of my life. It is time for white people to lift, ” said Tess, 32 years old.
The demonstrators chanted in particular ” No justice, no peace “. On many of the placards, one could also read “Justice for Regis,” the name of the young woman who died this week in Toronto.
Regis Korchinski-Package, 29 years old, has made a fatal fall from the 24th floor of her building during an intervention of the police, called by his mother after a family dispute. The young woman, who was suffering from mental health problems, had a seizure, according to canadian media.
The Special Investigations Unit of Ontario has launched an investigation to determine the circumstances of the tragedy.