Thousands gathered on Saturday, February 4, 2017 in front of the American Consulate in Toronto to protest the policy of US President Donald Trump.
The demonstration was organized by Black Lives Matter – Toronto (BLM TO) as part of a nation-wide campaign entitled “National Days of Action Against Islamophobia & Deportations.”
BLM-TO has issued an official statement accusing “white supremacy” and “white nationalism” of “terrorizing” black communities. Its co-founders, Yusra Khogali and Alexandria Williams, read at the protest a list of demands from the federal government:
condemning Trump’s executive order on temporarily banning immigration from seven nations
opening Canada-USA border
ending racist, anti-refugee, anti-Black, Islamophobic and anti-immigrants policy
repealing Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act and anti-terror legislation such as Security Certificates and Bill C51
In her short speech, Yusra Khogali, who has received Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, portrayed Canada as a country that was founded on genocide, racism and slavery implying that these policies are being implemented by the current federal government. She accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being a “liar”, “hypocrite”, “white supremacist” and “terrorist”, advising the cheering crowd not be fooled by Trudeau’s “ liberal bullshit.”
The following is another excerpt from Khogali’s speech:
When us talking about anti-Blackness, when us talking about Black Muslims, you have to come back to what is happening here in Canada. Here we’re targeted… this happens constantly, globally to Black lives.
What happens across the world where we are placed out of our ancestral homeland because of racist white supremacist Canadian foreign policies. This colonial machine is a global machine that pushes us out from Somalia, from Sudan from East Africa to this country. We die in boats, we die in transition, we are detained illegally in immigration detention centres. What happened to Abdurahman [Ibrahim] Hassan? He was strangled, he was strangled by trying to restrain him with a towel. He was murdered in an immigration detention centre. How many Somalis people have that fate, have that reality?
- Yusra Khogali: Trudeau is “liar, hypocrite, white supremacist, terrorist” – click HERE
- Yusra Khogali says Quebec Muslims murdered because Islam “challenges white supremacy violence” – click HERE
Excerpts from the Special Investigations Unit’s report on the death of Abdurahman Hassan
Mississauga, ON (15 July, 2016) – The Director of the Special Investigations Unit has concluded that no charges are reasonable in the death of man who was under guard at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre awaiting deportation…
The SIU investigation determined the following:
On June 10, 2015… Between 10:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m., the two officers, five nurses, and three security guards entered the “isolation room” where the man was being held. They were attempting to sedate the man, who had been smearing his feces on the bed, his face, his forehead, and his arms. He had also been ingesting feces and clumps of his own hair.
Subject officer #2 was instructed by a nurse to hold a towel to the man’s mouth to prevent him from biting and spitting. While the security guards held down the man’s legs, subject officer #1 held his left arm and subject officer #2 used the towel to block the man’s mouth and force his head down.
The sedative was successfully administered and the man went to sleep within five minutes.
Around 1:00 a.m., the two subject officers and four nurses entered the room in order to clean the room. The man awoke. Again, he ingested feces and threw it about the room.
Subject officer #1 held down the man’s left arm to prevent him from throwing anything else. Subject officer #2 used a towel in the same manner as before, to cover the man’s mouth and hold his head against the bed.
While being restrained, the man kicked, hit, and grabbed at the nurses who were attempting to clean him and his bedding. Suddenly, the man stopped moving. It was determined that he was without vital signs and resuscitation efforts were performed. He was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m…
“The actions of subject officer #2 require a more detailed analysis of the facts and medical evidence. Subject officer #2 held the man’s head down by placing a towel over his mouth. This raises the concern that he may have been unable to breathe, which in turn led to his demise. The available evidence does not support that conclusion. The towel was placed over his mouth, but his nose was unobstructed and no force was applied to his throat. Moreover, the man was audibly snorting through his nose and yelling through the towel during the exchange. This is indicative of him having no difficulty breathing. Further, although a post-mortem examination could not definitely pinpoint a cause of death, it explicitly excluded mechanical asphyxiation as a cause of death. There was no medical evidence of any obstruction of the man’s airway, nor was there any evidence of pressure having been exerted on his neck or chest.
“As such, I cannot reasonably conclude the actions of subject officer #2 contributed in a significant way to the man’s death. As such, no charges will issue with respect to subject officer #2.”
For more information click HERE.