July 18, 2020
This story has evolved, please see the updated article here.
3 Toronto Black Lives Matter protesters have been kidnapped, forcibly confined, held without charges, and deprived of access to legal counsel. This report comes directly from their lawyer - Saron Gebresellassi - at 3:31 PM on Twitter.
Early today, Black Lives Matter Toronto issued a call-out on Facebook and Twitter after 3 of their protesters were kidnapped by police. The protesters were defacing a statue which they viewed as a symbol of hatred. This comes after news of a Nazi war monument in Oakville resurfaced.
Many supporters have since rushed to the group’s rescue.
Disconnected Phone Lines
In an unprecedented move, 52 Division cut their phone lines, according to multiple people close to the scene.
It is unclear whether this will affect police’s ability to assist with other crimes for the time being.
Josh Matlow Steps In
Josh Matlow - outspoken critic of Toronto Police - has decided to stand up for the community and call the police himself. He is currently City Councillor for Toronto - St. Pauls.
To aid in the speedy return of protesters - Toronto Today has released a petition aimed at 52 Division and Mayor John Tory.
This recent violation of the Black Community’s rights will likely go down with a strong fight, bigger than anything 52 division has likely seen before.
Article by: Mark Slapinski