Vigil in front of the u.s. consulate: united against hate and racism
Photo Jean-François Desgagnés
The participants in the rally Wednesday in front of the consulate general of the United States were to denounce the far-right racist “is enough at ease to show his opinions,” according to a protester.
Wednesday, 16 August, 2017 20:19
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Never has there been so many groups that are racist and violent in Quebec for the past 30 years, believes one of the organizers of a demonstration against hate on Wednesday in front of the consulate general of the United States.
“It multiplies. There are thousands of people. This year, there has been more of a demonstration organized by the extreme right-wing racist, ” said Sébastien Bouchard.
The latter had also participated in the organization of the vigil after the bombing of the mosque of Quebec. They were about thirty on Wednesday to denounce the gathering murderous white supremacist in Charlottesville, Virginia. Near the Château Frontenac, in the middle of the tourists, the organisers wanted to demonstrate the importance of being ” united against hate “.
“There is an increasing groups, people who participate in it, and hate speech and violent on social media. It is important to send a strong message six months after the attack. The inclusive Quebec that it wants to create it, not just the name, ” says Mr. Bouchard.
The same goes for Nora Loreto, who was keen to do a rally in Quebec city. “It is necessary to show our solidarity with the Americans who live here and say that you reject the policies of Donald Trump. This is an important time to do it. “
The young woman states that she has already seen bumper stickers that are racist on Cartier street. “There are more and more heinous acts. It makes me afraid, ” she says, citing as an example, the event of march 3, 2017 where two groups of extreme nationalists marched in the streets of Quebec.
The banner in the “remigration” installed Monday over the highway Henri-IV, increases the concerns. “I think it is a symbol where the far right is quite comfortable to show off his opinions “, concludes Ms. Loreto.
“An open society “
In addition, the minister of international Relations reacted on Wednesday to the manifestation of the group The Pack is scheduled this Sunday in Quebec city.
“I think it is always necessary to ensure that the Québec shows that it has an image of openness towards the other. Here, we are a peaceful society, we are an open society, has launched Christine St-Pierre.
— With the collaboration of Marc-André Gagnon, parliamentary Bureau
WHAT THEY SAID:
“The rise of groups here has been enabled unfortunately, and paradoxically, after the killing of 29 January. Groups were illegal, now they appear “
— Rachid Raffa, a Quebecer originally from Algeria
“The tomb of the hate sounds everywhere in the world. And there is nothing better than to oppose by peaceful actions,”
— Ali Dahan, of the Union of the African of Quebec
“There is a place for everyone here”
— Jacquelyn Smith