Racial profiling is said to be at the heart of the violent arrests that took place in Quebec on November 26, according to groups that demonstrated against police brutality on Saturday morning.
” The [week-end dernier], we have seen an orgy of violence that shows what we denounce today. […] This phenomenon is recurrent, it is not anecdotal ”, maintains Mbaï-Hadji Mbaïrewaye, one of the organizers of the event.
The event was originally intended to be a march to “demand justice for the Pacific [Niyokwizera] In honor of the young black man whose images of the violent arrest circulated on the web.
Several videos of other muscular arrests then appeared on the web, pushing the Quebec City Police Service (SPVQ) into an unprecedented crisis.
The description of the protest has been changed, now focusing on police brutality and racial profiling. The young man’s name has also been withdrawn.
According to an estimate of Journal, nearly 200 people strolled through the streets of Old Quebec at around 11 a.m.
“Enough is enough” and “Dignity, without conditions” chanted the demonstrators.
The existence of racial profiling in Quebec must be recognized and an independent investigation must be conducted to collect data on this subject, asks Laura Doyle Péan, another organizer of the event.
“We saw a notable difference in the arrest of the person who [aurait] committed the murders on Halloween [qui était blanche] and that of young blacks this week, ”he emphasizes.
It also calls on the competent authorities to take tangible measures to combat racial profiling and police brutality in general.
“I am here so that things change and that my 4-year-old son does not experience the same situation in ten years,” said Justin Djindimadji, who was heavy on his heart.
Note that a group of women who were to take part in the demonstration withdrew after a friend of Pacifique Niyokwizera, who had denounced his arrest, Kalilou Barry, was accused of sexual assault this week.
Sol Zanetti, deputy in solidarity with Jean-Lesage, also reconsidered his decision to participate in this march.