Hundreds descend on the centre of the city of Ottawa, in support of Justice for Abdirahman march

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Hundreds took to the streets of downtown Ottawa, Saturday, in the second an anti-racism rally in as many weeks.The event was organized by the group Justice for Abdirahman of the coalition. Abdi Abdirahman was 37 years old when he’d died following a violent altercation with the Ottawa police, on July 24, 2016. The group has expressed its dead since.

Const. Daniel Montsion has pleaded not guilty to murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. The case has been before the courts since 2019.

“I think this is the kind of the maintenance of the interest and support that we need to see. We need to understand that it is four years since the death of Abdirahman, ” said Farhia Ahmed, a member of the coalition.

“To see that this many people still care in our city is incredibly touching. “

The protesters have taken a knee several times during the march of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. (Natalia Goodwin CBC )

Farhia stated that the group will continue to take action until a verdict is reached in the case and there is an end to the systemic racism in Canadian institutions.

Solidarity with other marches

The month of march was also organized in solidarity with other groups who have been calling for an end to systemic racism on a global scale, and drawing particular attention to this problem in Canada.

“I think a lot of people see in George Floyd, is to see in Abdi. This is something that continues to weigh on the minds and hearts of many african-Canadians, ” said Junior Baino who took part in the walk.

“I think that the people in the street to let regular Canadians know that” hey, you know that this is a problem here in Canada and it should be treated “. ”

There were also renewed calls for the resignation of Matt Skof, president of the Ottawa Police Association, including from Ottawa-Centre MP Joel Harden.

An audio recording of Skof using one of the sexist insults to describe a member of the city’s Black community, recently resurfaced on social networks. Investigators from the Ontario Provincial Police have been informed about the video and the Ottawa police said its Professional Standards Section will also address the issue.

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