For the past week the Black Lives Matter Toronto Coalition has been holding it down and actively protesting in downtown Toronto. This was catalyzed by the Special Investigations Unit’s decision to not charge the police officer who murdered Andrew Loku in the summer of 2015.
Throughout this week, they have faced countless attacks from the Toronto Police Services – ranging from physical attacks, chemical warfare, deprivation of heating and electricity, and various other bullying/intimidation tactics. Despite it all, Black Lives Matter Toronto has stood strong – centering warmth and community in the face of vicious anti-black racism and police brutality.
On Tuesday March 29th, 2016, Black Montrealers and allies gathered in solidarity with the mobilization efforts of Black Lives Matter Toronto. We aim to show love and support to BLMTO while also vehemently condemning the killer cops and institutional racism that allows these actions, policies and impunities to exist in Toronto – and across Canada. We seek to amplify BLM-TO’s voices and echo the following demands