Group calls Montrealers to Sunday vigil for victims of Christchurch assault

Hundred gathered at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Sq. for a vigil to honour of the victims of the New Zealand mosque capturing on Friday March 15, 2019.

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A bunch referred to as the Mouvement des droits du Citoyen is asking on folks to attend a vigil to be held Sunday afternoon in downtown Montreal for the victims of the mass shootings carried out at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The vigil is scheduled to happen at 2 p.m. Sunday at Victoria Sq., on the nook of du Sq.-Victoria St. and Viger Ave. W.

In a launch, the group acknowledged that it “condemns with the strongest phrases the act of terror in opposition to Muslim worshippers in Christchurch mosques. This act shouldn’t be directed solely at Muslims, however it’s an act of terrorism in opposition to all of humanity and all values.” The group hopes folks will end up in giant numbers “in solidarity in opposition to hate and Islamophobia.”

Gatherings each formal and casual have been happening throughout Canada and around the globe since forty-nine people were killed and dozens more were injured when a man opened fire in two on Friday in mass shootings carried out in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. It’s the worst mass killing in N.Z. historical past.

In Quebec Metropolis, where just over two years ago six died when their own community was attacked, painful reminiscences and fears had been rekindled. “Life had returned to regular, folks had began to breathe, to relaxation, our actions had resumed,” Boufeldja Benabdallah, president and co-founder of the Quebec Metropolis mosque, informed the Montreal Gazette Friday.

“Now with this, we once more should rethink safety, vigilance and to relive the ache. Individuals are remembering the funerals, the weeks some spent in hospitals, the youngsters who don’t have their fathers. Many issues. An incredible weight that individuals are feeling as soon as once more right this moment. It’s very, very painful.”

In Ottawa, Muslims gathered in support and sadness on Friday, but also fear. When Abdel Felfel informed his daughter, Rahmah, that he was going to prayer on the Ottawa Mosque on Friday, the nine-year-old grew to become very involved for her father’s security. He informed her to not fear and guaranteed her that Canada was a significantly better place and that what occurred in Christchurch couldn’t occur right here. However Felfel, a trustee of the Ottawa Muslim Affiliation, wasn’t satisfied that what he informed her was true.

“I’ve doubts about that,” he admitted earlier than Friday’s 1 p.m. prayer. “These attackers are usually not too many, however they’re sleeping wolves and also you by no means know when they are going to assault. The risk is there, and it’s actual.”


Listed below are some pictures from gatherings and different gestures of assist on Friday and Saturday.

An Ottawa police officer takes half in Friday prayer on the Ottawa Mosque.

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The flag flies at half-mast on Canada’s parliament constructing in Ottawa in reminiscence of the N.Z victims.

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Individuals collect at Baitul Islam Mosque throughout a particular prayer in Vaughan, Ont., on Friday.

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Crowds collect for a vigil in Auckland Friday.

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‘Gilets jaunes’ protesters in Paris expresses assist with an indication.


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An Indian muslim lady holds a placard throughout a silent vigil in Hyderabad early Saturday.


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Turkish folks shout slogans throughout an indication to sentence the assault early Saturday in Ankara.


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Crowds gathered Friday in Aukland for a vigil in reminiscence of the victims.

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Indian Muslims pray in Ahmedabad on Saturday in solidarity with the useless and injured.


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The Ottawa Citizen contributed to this report.