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‘I’m simply heartbroken’: Halifax vigil exhibits solidarity with Muslim neighborhood – Halifax

Folks gathered in Halifax Wednesday night to carry a vigil in reminiscence of the household killed whereas out for a stroll in London, Ont., and to indicate solidarity with the Muslim neighborhood.

4 family members had been killed, and a nine-year-old boy left combating for his life in hospital, in what police say was an intentional act of hate.

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“Yesterday, my nine-year-old, when she heard about it, she stated, ‘Does that imply we will’t exit? We shall be killed?’” stated Sura Hadad, who attended the Halifax vigil.

“I’ve no phrases. Actually. I’m simply heartbroken.”

The Ummah Mosque in Halifax organized the occasion — not solely as a option to present assist, however to additionally name for an finish to racism.

“To ship a message of unity towards hate from all varieties and a message of solidarity and a message of name to motion to cease this hate and to do our half,” stated Imam Abdallah Yousri

Learn extra:
Halifax Imam calls on all ranges of Canadian authorities to implement hate crime laws

Native politicians and leaders from completely different faiths took to the stage, to share phrases of consolation and messages of assist.

“All of us ought to be handled with dignity and respect, that none of us is best than every other and that this world is extensive sufficient for us all,” Rev. Rhonda Britton advised the socially-distanced crowd on the garden outdoors the mosque.

(From proper to left) Salman Afzaal, his 74-year-old mom, his 44-year-old spouse Madiha Salman, and their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzaal had been the victims of Sunday’s assault in London, Ont.

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Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin stated what occurred in London, Ont. was clearly an act of violence and hatred.

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“I ask all Nova Scotians to face with me and condemn the brutality and hate that manifested itself into this cowardly act,” he stated.

Regardless that COVID-19 protocols meant the quantity of people that might attend was restricted, the message was loud,

“This has occurred many occasions and we don’t need it to occur, and it occurred to many individuals not solely Muslim individuals, however each race, each color. We’d like a legislation to be anti-hate, anti Islamophobia,” stated Hadad.

The vigil was held outdoors the Ummah Mosque in Halifax.

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