Rally against Islamophobia draws hundreds in Toronto

Rally held to denounce U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban and to condemn last weekend’s shooting at a Quebec City mosque


 
Security officers watch through binoculars from the roof of the U.S. consulate in Toronto as demonstrators march to protest the U.S. Muslim immigration ban on Saturday Feb. 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Security officers watch through binoculars from the roof of the U.S. consulate in Toronto as demonstrators march to protest the U.S. Muslim immigration ban on Saturday Feb. 4, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

TORONTO – Hundreds rallied against Islamophobia at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto Saturday, in a bid to push the Trudeau government to denounce the U.S. ban on immigration and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The rally, one of about a dozen across Canada, was organized in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban and to condemn last weekend’s shooting at a Quebec City mosque that left six men dead.

“People act like whatever’s going on (in the U.S.) does not happen in Canada. But as we saw in Quebec, all these people got shot in a mosque. We don’t feel safe in our country with all the Islamophobic rhetoric that’s going around. It’s unjust, it’s uncalled for, and it’s absolutely wrong,” said Sumaiya Zaman.

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She said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should revoke the so-called safe third country agreement, which makes it difficult for refugees to seek asylum in Canada if they come through the U.S.

“They should also lift the cap on the number of private sponsorships so refugees can find safety here,” she said.

It was a sentiment echoed by rally organizers. In a list of demands, they called for the government open the Canada-U.S. borders, granting permanent status to new immigrants. They also called on Trudeau to condemn Trump’s immigration ban.

Trudeau’s government has faced criticism because it hasn’t lifted a cap on the number of privately-sponsored refugees who can come into the country after the American ban was put in place.

“Justin Trudeau always tries to play it safe, and this is not the time to play it safe. You’re either for equality or not. You can’t say you’re for diversity and not condemn something that affects us so much,” Zaman said.

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Police wouldn’t give an estimated number of ralliers, but the crowd filled a city block.

This was the third large-scale protest in Toronto in two weeks. On Jan. 21, thousands flooded the city streets for the Toronto Women’s March, and on Jan. 30, there was another rally against the immigration ban which caused the U.S. Consulate to shut its operations for the day.

And while the protest wasn’t as light-hearted as the Toronto Women’s March last month — Saturday’s organizers skipped the pop music used to pump up the crowd at the Women’s March, for instance — some families still brought their kids.

Kerry Clare attended the protest with her family, including her two young daughters, ages seven and three.

Those daughters, she said, were the reason she was there.

“We feel that as their parents, we are responsible for the world we brought them into, and we want to do our best to make it better,” she said. “We want to make sure they know that we did something. I don’t know how meaningful it really is, but I just feel like I have no choice.”

“I like seeing everybody standing up for what they feel like,” said her seven-year-old daughter, Harriett. “We’re standing up for what we think is right.”


 

Rally against Islamophobia draws hundreds in Toronto

  1. islamophobia is a terrible thing, as is infidelaphnbia

    • Or you could look up the meaning

      in·fi·del
      ˈinfədl,ˈinfəˌdel/

      1.
      a person who does not believe in religion or who adheres to a religion other than one’s own.
      “they wanted to secure the Holy Places from the infidel”

      synonyms:
      unbeliever, disbeliever, nonbeliever, agnostic, atheist; More
      heathen, pagan, idolater, heretic, freethinker, dissenter, nonconformist;

      • since Muslims believe, according to the Korean, that all are born Muslim, some commit the infidelity of leaving the true faith, It was a nice cut and paste though, saves thinking

        • Actually that’s the definition of ‘infidel’…..so sorry that I didn’t have time to type it all our

          PS….and no the Koran says no such thing.

          • you can research it if you would like, I’m not wasting the hydro on your education

        • Read the Koran many years ago. I’m not interested in your ‘alternative facts’ version.

          • Sahih Muslim Book 033, Hadith Number 6426.
            good for you emilyone, you kept it down to 3 bottles of wine tonight

  2. So – After all this , when will we get Sharia Law ?
    These protests are just a little too well organized, and with a Bill already in Parliament protesting against Islamophobia I think maybe our country is being prepared for Canadians to lose our freedom of speech .
    There are 3 phases of Muslim Immigration – (1)Play the victim , (2)Claim Islamophobia , (3)Demand more tolerance from others !
    I say if the shoe fits !

    • We already have Sharia law. It’s called the Old Testament.

      We just don’t do the stoning and stuff any more.

      And please…..no more alternative facts and fake news. We know the difference.

      • Have you ever studied anything in the Old Testament? There is absolutely no similarity between Sharia Law and the Old Testament.

        • Since you make it as a statement, it sounds like you have already made up your mind what you want to believe.