A crowd of Ethiopian Canadians estimated between four and five hundred protesters blockaded in front of the Chestnut Student Residence and Conference Center in downtown Toronto. The protesters who represented all the Ethiopian communities have obtained a permit to protest in the only entrance of the University of Toronto’s student residence.
The large crowd appeared very well organized. It had slogans in Amharic, Somali, Oromo, and English languages that the protesters sang together. It appeared as if these protesters have been practising their multilingual slogans for a while since they all sang together in unison in every language without making the slightest linguistic mistake.
One of the slogans that elicited the most cheers from all the protesters was that of ‘Xaar Wayaano.’ The slogan which means ‘Woyane Excrement’ is a derogatory term that the Ogaden Somalis use to refer to those who support the current Woyane regime in Addis Ababa. The protesters with their multilingual slogans, multi-colored flags, loud speakers, and sound amplifiers appeared very well organized and interacted with the contingent of Toronto police officers that were keeping the peace. On the other hand, the organizers of the meeting itself were quite visibly disoriented and disorganized. They appeared to have not
anticipated the large crowd of protesters at all.