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Photos: Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou

A rally took place in Austin, Minnesota, on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in response to the death of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast after a more than 24-hour standoff.

Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
Dorothy Gales, fiance of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast, chants during a rally outside the Mower County Law Enforcement Center on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Austin, Minnesota.
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Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
Antranette Smith, a cousin of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast, hugs Dorothy Gales, Fiafonou's fiance, as a rally takes place outside the Mower County Law Enforcement Center on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
Family members sing as a rally takes place outside the Mower County Law Enforcement Center on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Austin, Minnesota, in response to the death of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast after a more than 24-hour standoff.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
A makeshift memorial is made on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, outside the Kwik Trip where 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
A rally takes place outside the Mower County Law Enforcement Center on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Austin, Minnesota, in response to the death of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast after a more than 24-hour standoff.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
David Kodzode, a cousin of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast, sings with other family members as a rally takes place outside the Mower County Law Enforcement Center on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
Dorothy Gales, fiance of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast, leads a chant on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, outside the Kwik Trip where Fiafonou was killed in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
Antranette Smith, a cousin of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast, takes part in a rally takes place outside the Mower County Law Enforcement Center on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
Protesters blocking a street confront a driver outside the Mower County Law Enforcement Center before the driver turned around during a rally on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Austin, Minnesota, in response to the death of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast after a more than 24-hour standoff.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
Dorothy Gales, fiance of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast, chants during a rally outside the Mower County Law Enforcement Center on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
Dorothy Gales, fiance of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast, leads a chant on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, outside the Kwik Trip where Fiafonou was killed in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
David Kodzode, a cousin of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast, sings with other family members as a rally takes place outside the Mower County Law Enforcement Center on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
Protesters pray as a rally takes place outside the Mower County Law Enforcement Center on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Austin, Minnesota, in response to the death of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast after a more than 24-hour standoff.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
Dorothy Gales, fiance of 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou, who was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast, leads a chant on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, outside the Kwik Trip where Fiafonou was killed in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
A makeshift memorial is made on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, outside the Kwik Trip where 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin
Protesters Rally in Austin for Kokou Christopher Fiafonou
Protesters gather on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, outside the Kwik Trip where 38-year-old Kokou Christopher Fiafonou was killed on Dec. 23 by Austin Police officer Zachary Gast in Austin, Minnesota.
Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

Joe Ahlquist is the photo editor at the Post Bulletin. Joe is a 2013 graduate of Winona State University and previously worked at the Winona (Minn.) Daily News and the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Argus Leader before arriving at the Post Bulletin in July of 2017. Readers can reach Joe at 507-285-7624 or jahlquist@postbulletin.com.
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