12 Charged: Protest at police HQ after cops break up demo demanding change for Black, Indigenous people
“We were yelled at. We were ignored. We were bullied from the very moment they took us from Laurier and arrested us to the moment we got out,” she said. “This is what we mean by institutional racism. Policing in Ottawa is f—ing racist.” Ifrah Yusuf, co-chair of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, said occupying the intersection, which began Thursday afternoon, was a way to stand in solidarity with Black and Indigenous groups against systemic racism in institutions.