Toronto Muslims demand peace, respect at march

Flemingdon Park march to end at site where mother assaulted in possible hate crime

CBC News Posted: Nov 20, 2015 11:35 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 20, 2015 11:35 AM ET

Marchers carried the Canadian, French and Lebanese flags during a Friday peace march in the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood.

Marchers carried the Canadian, French and Lebanese flags during a Friday peace march in the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood. (Linda Ward/CBC)

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Muslims and non-Muslims alike are marching through Toronto’s Flemingdon Park neighbourhood today to call for peace after a series of violent incidents have hit the city.

Around 100 people turned up for the march, which ends at the elementary school where a Muslim woman was attacked and injured earlier this week.

Marchers carried signs reading “Respect is a Canadian value” and “Intolerance is from the dark ages.”

The incidents have come in the wake of the ISIS-led attacks in Paris last Friday — an atrocity that many in attendance said has nothing to do with their religion.

“I feel like we’re being judged for something we had nothing to do with,” one marcher told CBC Toronto.

The marcher also said that because she wears the hijab, she feels like she’s more at risk.

Recently, there have been racist incidents on the TTC and GO Transit, while a U of T student claims he was spat on near campus. Outside of the GTA, a Peterborough mosque was deliberately set ablaze, and a Hindu temple in Kitchener was also vandalized.

Toronto police officers on hand vowed to track down those responsible for the crimes.

City leaders and prominent organizations have all condemned the incidents, saying they have no place in Canadian society.

With files from Linda Ward and Shannon Martin

SOURCE:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-muslims-demand-peace-respect-at-march-1.3327916

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