Protest at Libyan embassy seeks Canadian action on alleged slave trade in Libya

Savannah Awde, Editor

The sidewalk at the intersection of Metcalfe and Slater Street was busier than usual on the afternoon of Wednesday Nov. 22, as protesters gathered in front of the Libyan embassy. This action came as part of a string of global rallies seeking to draw attention to reports of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya.

According to event organizer Faridath Yessoufou, the protest was born simply by people coming together through their anger towards the situation. “We are not a movement, we are just people,” Yessoufou said.

“I’m angry, and that’s why I tried to gather some people today and tell the world, tell the embassy of Libya, that we are not happy and something needs to be done. You can’t be selling black people.”

Yessoufou noted multiple ways that she feels the Canadian government could help the situation, such as providing food or medication, but “no one is talking about it, even Canada,” she says. “When you have resources in a country you find ways to go there and do whatever you want. But when it comes to black people dying, we feel like black lives don’t matter.”

“We know that slavery still exists, but we just can’t accept that people have live auctions of black people,” Yessoufou said. “It’s just outrageous, and we just can’t accept it, and that’s why we’re here.”

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