WINDSOR, ON, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Shock and outrage are spreading among the
student community at the University of Windsor in the aftermath of a student
event on the evening of Saturday, January 19th, 2008. The event called "Passa
Passa" was organized by the student group "Fusion," and was attended
predominantly by African Canadians.
Students report that the night ended with those in attendance being
verbally and physically brutalized by the Windsor Police, who apparently felt
that a student event on campus merited an aggressive response from
approximately 30 officers and at least one police dog.
"One of the officers had a guy...and was throwing him against the wall. I
was trying to record it and saw a police officer coming to grab it and lowered
my phone. He told me that if I did not stop recording, he would arrest me,"
says Lydia Chan, a student who was present at the event.
"I asked the officer to move the dog away from the door because I could
not exit with it there due to my fear of dogs. The officer proceeded to accuse
me of having something to hide," states Nadine Fearon, another student who was
present at the event.
In response to the reports of police brutality, individuals who were
present at the event, students, and concerned members of the community have
come together to create a new group called Students Against Anti-Black Racism.
This group is organizing the following two events to raise awareness and to
speak out against anti-Black racism:
Press Conference - February 12th
There will be a press conference on Tuesday February 12, 2008 in the
Conference Room at the Law School at the University of Windsor at 12:00pm. All
media are invited to attend.
Black Thursday - February 14th
There will be a student rally on February 14th at 1:00pm, outside the CAW
Student Centre. The rally will be followed by a student forum at 3:30pm,
inside the CAW Student Centre.
For further information:
For further information: Matthew Macdonald, Students Against Anti-Black
Racism, (519) 982-9836