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Étudiant guiné shot dead by the police: a message of solidarity while waiting for answers

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Around a hundred people took part in the rally on rue des Hospitalières.

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Several members of the African community of Saguenay gathered on Saturday afternoon on rue des Hospitalières, in Chicoutimi, where one of their number died during an intervention by the Saguenay Police Service (SPS). ) Tuesday. They wanted to remind people of the importance of living together and calm their worries since the events.

The pain was still raw four days after the tragedy that happened. #x27;is produced not far from the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi.

It's a very difficult moment for the community, said Serge Vitalin Kone, of the Association of Ivorians of Saguenay.

A hundred people gathered to honor the memory of Mamadou Salinou Baldé. This UQAC student from Guinea was killed Tuesday during a police intervention as he rushed, holding a knife, towards officers, called to the area for an attack.

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A hundred people highlighted the memory of Mamadou Salinou Baldé.

Saturday's moment of reflection was also intended to reassure African students who attend UQAC. Many have expressed concern since the events that took place near the campus.

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It’s to show solidarity, not African, but [that of] the Saguenay community. For me, it was a citizen of Saguenay who left, a young boy. We had lots of hateful messages on social networks […]. It's important to talk about living together when these situations arise, said Marcellin Gbazai, one of the co-organizers of the gathering.

There are many people who are afraid, afraid of realizing that this could happen to them too. […] There are a lot of reactions on social networks which are scary, added Serge Vitalin Kone.

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The rector of UQAC, Ghislain Samson, made a point of being present.

The rector of UQAC, Ghislain Samson, was ;is also addressed to the crowd to express solidarity.

We are very alert. We are currently taking a lot of steps to see how we can respond and ensure that these people feel safe with us. I repeat, I said it, UQAC is a safe place, the city of Saguenay and the entire region as well, pleaded the rector.

However, members of the African community are eager to know the conclusions of the investigations by the Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI) and the Sûreté du Québec. The SQ must shed light on the stabbing that initially brought the police to the area, while the BEI is looking into the events from the arrival of the SPS agents.

Shocking, surprise. Nobody expected it. We don't know what really happened either. The investigation is ongoing and we can only wait and hope to have answers as soon as possible, mentioned Oumou Diallo, vice-president of the Association of Guineans of Saguenay .

Whatever we do, it's not going to bring him back to life. It's better to clap your hands, stick together and try to find solutions so that it doesn't happen again, argued Marcellin Gbazai.

In addition, social workers from the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center (CIUSSS) of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean offered psychological support on site.

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