Vigil for Anas Bennis

December 1, 2006

Montreal, QC — About 20 protesters gathered at the corner of Cote-des-Neiges and Kent street today to mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of Mohamed Anas Bennis. Anas Bennis was shot two times by police officers Bernier and Roy on December 1, 2005. The police officers have claimed self-defence and were not charged by prosecutor James Rondeau.

The investigation into Mohamed Anas Bennis’ death has been secretive; the report into the death is confidential and has been kept from the victim’s family. The father of Anas Bennis came to the event and saluted supporters for making it out in the terrible weather conditions and thanked them for spreading the message.

The event was organized by the Collective Against Police Brutality (COBP), which has denounced the decision to not prosecute the two officers. The COBP and its supporters believe that Anas Bennis’ Moroccan heritage is at the core of of the killing.

“The writing is on the wall. This is racial profiling,” said Jaggi Singh of No One Is Illegal.

The COBP’s demand is that a public inquiry is held into the death.

On Saturday, a silent vigil will be held at noon at the same location to demand the publication of the secret inquiry into the death. Anas Bennis’ family will be present.

For more information on the COBP, visit www.cobp.ath.cx or email cobp@hotmail.com.