Artists and activists gathered inside the Bonaventure metro station last Wednesday to remember Farshad Mohammadi, the 34-year-old homeless man who was shot and killed by Montreal police at the station earlier this month. Organized by Stefan Christoff and the Howl Arts Collective, protesters spoke out against Mohammadi’s death, describing the incident as an act of police brutality. Demonstrators also sang songs and performed poetry at the vigil.
Police opened fire on Mohammadi on Jan. 6 as he ran away after stabbing one of the officers in the station. Mohammadi’s death has sparked debate in the city about the treatment of Montreal’s homeless population. The Old Brewery Mission estimates that there are nearly 30,000 homeless people in the Greater Montreal Area.