Montreal Demonstration against Quebec Charter of Values a SuccessSeptember 14, 2013
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Montreal, Quebec, September 14th, 2013 - The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) thanks all Montrealers who participated in a peaceful demonstration this weekend against the Quebec Charter of Values recently unveiled by the Parti Quebecois government.“Over 50,000 people from all walks of life came together today to send a strong and firm message to the Parti Quebecois that we reject this policy of institutionalized discrimination,” stated Salam Elmenyawi, president of MCM. “We thank all those who came out to protest against the Charter, as well as the many more from all across Quebec and Canada who have been supporting our cause and defending our rights. This is not just a cause that concerns members of religious minority groups, but rather one that concerns all those who are in support of justice, human rights and civil liberties.”
MCM regrets that the demonstration occurred during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which prevented many of the Jewish faith from participating.
protest was a success, but it is just the first step on our journey to defeat
this Charter,” Elmenyawi said. “We will continue to stand up in solidarity to
defend and protect the rights of all Quebecers and Canadians and have a series
of upcoming events and activities planned, including letter writing campaigns,
Mosque Open Doors, visits to the National Assembly and demonstrations in Quebec
City and Montreal.”
Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM)
Ph.: (514) 748-8427
The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) is an umbrella organization representing a number of Islamic institutions in the Montreal region. There are over 325,000 Muslims in Montreal, about 1,300,000 in Canada and 1.9 billion worldwide.