Marchers commemorate killing of Fredy Villanueva
MONTREAL - Demonstrators spent Sunday afternoon commemorating the third anniversary of Fredy Villanueva's death. The march started at 2 p.m. at the corner of Rolland and Pascal.
The 18-year-old was shot dead during a confrontation with police in a Montreal North park on 9 August 2008.
The marchers included some who are lobbying to rename the park, now named Henri-Bourassa Park, to bear the name of the deceased teen.
Coroner André Perreault has still yet to submit his report on the event.
Fredy's mother Lillian Villanueva, a mother of five, said of the last time she saw her son Fredy, "I didn't know it would be the last time I'd see him. I miss him so much, he was my little baby."
"There are too many police officers just waiting for an excuse to use force," said Alex Popovic, of the Coalition Against Police Oppression and Abuse.
"The main point of today is to remember what happened and to not let this just be something that just happened and people just forget about it," said another.
The march comes at a time when Fredy's older brother Dany has been ordered to return to his native Honduras.
Canadian Immigration authorities rejected Dany Villanueva's appeal to stay and ruled that the 24-year-old must leave.
Dany Villanueva is suspected of having links with street gangs, a subject which was discussed at length in the coroner's investigation. He arrived in Canada at age 12 from Honduras and remains a permanent resident, not a Canadian citizen.
In 2006, Dany Villanueva spent about 11 months in prison for armed robbery. His crimes include robbery, weapons offenses and parole violations and officials considered him to be at a high-risk of re-offending. He was ordered out due to his criminal past in April 2010.
Villanueva is planning to request a judicial review in an attempt to overturn the order to leave.
He can also ask for a risk-assessment which would have to demonstrate that his life would be in danger if he were forced to return to Honduras. He has previously claimed to have received death threats from street gangs in Honduras.
Some believe that the decision to deport Dany Villanueva was prompted by the negative publicity which arose following the death of his younger brother.
Among those who have supported Dany Vilanueva's efforts to stay include Justin Trudeau, the Bloc Quebecois, the Women's Federation of Quebec, The Jewish Congress and several labour unions, according to Dany Villanueva's lawyer.
With files from The Canadian Press