Londoners to unite for Hijabs for Harmony and action against Islamophobia in Victoria Park


Londoners supporting women of the Muslim faith are called to rally for Hijabs in Harmony on Friday night in Victoria Park.

The event, hosted by London lawyer Barb Legate, was created in response to the June 6 truck attack that killed four members of a Muslim family while on an overnight stroll.

London police have since said the attack was motivated by hate.

Legate said she wanted to show solidarity with visibly Muslim women and often the target of Islamophobia.

“This is our way of saying that we are with you, you are our sisters, and we abhor the treatment you have received because of it,” Legate said.

Hijabs for Harmony begins at 5 p.m. outside the Victoria Park Bandstand. Legate said there would be remarks from herself and members of the Muslim community, followed by a march and a minute of silence for the victims of the truck attack.

Thousands of people gathered for a Friday night march in London, Ont, a demonstration of multi-faith solidarity for the Afzaal family, four of whom were killed on June 6 in a hit-and-run which police said was motivated by anti-Muslim hatred. (Travis Dolyny / CBC News)

Participants are encouraged to wear green and purple colors in support of the Muslim Association of Canada’s National Call to Action Against Islamophobia, which also takes place on Friday.

“The London bombing is a tragedy that awakened all Canadians to the reality of Islamophobia in our country and so we must act now. Muslim children deserve to feel safe and proud of their identity. We cannot let another family fall victim to such a fool. acts of hatred, ”said Sharaf Sharafeldin, MAC executive director, in a statement.

According to the CMA website, a rally for the national appeal will be held in front of legislative buildings and town halls across Canada.

This rally is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Victoria Park Bandstand, in front of Windsor City Hall and in front of the Victoria Park Clock Tower in Kitchener-Waterloo.


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