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9 Things Black Lives Matter Supporters Want Toronto To Know

"Stop killing us."

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Black Lives Matter supporters in Toronto are camped out in front of city hall and police headquarters to protest the recent shooting of a man by police, and the decision to not pursue charges in the killing of Andrew Loku.

Investigators announced last week that no charges would be laid against the officer who shot and killed Loku last July. Loku was shot in his apartment building — which provides affordable housing to those living with mental illness — by an unnamed officer.

The city also reduced Afrofest, an annual festival celebrating African music and culture, from two days to one over noise complaints.

Additionally, a 21-year-old Alex Wettlaufer was shot and killed by police officers a week ago.

In light of all that, Black Lives Matter supporters are making their presence and their exasperation known.


5. As well as justice for Abdurahman Hassan and Melkioro Gahungu, who both died in the custody of the Canadian Border Services Agency.

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"Release the names of Andrew Loku's killers. Justice for Melkioro Gahungu & Abdurahman Hassan's deaths. #BlackLivesMatter."

— Mina, 26

March 21 is also the International Day Against Racism. To mark the occasion, Black Lives Matter Toronto has released a list of demands aimed at Mayor John Tory and Police Chief Mark Saunders.

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The demands include laying charges against the officer who shot Loku, restoring Afrofest to two days, and a review of the Special Investigations Unit, which investigates cases where police injure or kill civilians.

Lauren Strapagiel is Managing Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.

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Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

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