Winnipeggers pay tribute to London, Ont. assault victims at drive-in vigil

Winnipeggers pay tribute to London, Ont. attack victims at drive-in vigil

2021-06-11 09:23:44

Tons of of Winnipeggers paid a protected and socially-distanced tribute Thursday evening to the victims of the London, Ont., truck assault.

The Manitoba Islamic Affiliation held a drive-in vigil within the parking zone of the Winnipeg Grand Mosque on Waverley Avenue.

4 relations have been killed and a fifth was injured once they have been struck Sunday in London, Ont., by a pickup truck. The London Police Service has alleged they have been intentionally hit as a result of they have been Muslims.

The vigil additionally honoured the six folks killed and 19 significantly injured within the 2017 Quebec Metropolis mosque capturing.

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Shaykh Ismael Mukhtar, chair of the Manitoba Islamic Affiliation Spiritual Advisors Committee, mentioned it’s unlucky they’re mourning one other mindless loss of life.

“(Salman) Afzaal and his household didn’t go away their homeland of Pakistan to face loss of life within the streets of Canada due to their religion and due to who they’re,” Mukhtar mentioned.

“There’s a accountability on the shoulders of each single one in every of us to combat hate in no matter form and type.”

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Winnipeg highschool pupil Leen Alundi says she has buddies have been bodily abused due to they’re Muslims.

“I’m positive many people have been on walks with our household to flee this lockdown. And to assume {that a} household going for a stroll couldn’t make it again residence?” Alundi mentioned.

“What number of extra lives will it take for the world to hear? What number of extra sacrifices for the world to see and mourn with us?

“Islamophopia is actual. That is taking place in our personal nation and we should begin speaking about these issues. If not, we shall be doing nothing however repeating historical past.”

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Shahina Siddiqui, government director of the Islamic Social Providers Affiliation, says it’s time to start out the method of therapeutic for the Muslim group and known as on Winnipeggers to talk up and cease the hate.

“Our authorities has to cease giving us statements which can be mere slogans and political pandering. We have to roll up our sleeves and get to work for our grandchildren,” Siddiqui mentioned.

“To honour the Afzaal household, let’s make a pledge…that we are going to stand for justice.”

Twenty-year-old Nathaniel Veltman is going through 4 counts of first-degree homicide and one rely of tried homicide in reference to the London assault.

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