‘Love Trumps Hate’: Hundreds Turn Out in Support of Muslim Community
Prince George, B.C. – Around 250 people – Muslims and non-Muslims, young and old – attended a rally in support of Prince George’s Muslim community outside City Hall tonight.
It was in response to yesterday’s tragic shooting at a Quebec Mosque that claimed six lives.
There were also anti Donald Trump undertones to the gathering with one speaker yelling to the crowd “Shame on Trump!” – a reaction to the president’s decision to sign an executive order that greatly restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries and suspends all refugee admissions for four months.
“Here we stand united in the face of hatred,” declared Hira Rashid, a member of the city’s Muslim community. “We are strong because of the differences we have. Get to know your neighbours because the best way to beat hate is through love.”
Mayor Lyn Hall and council came out to participate during a short break from budget deliberations. He was impressed with what he saw.
“I’m just so proud of the community for coming out here on short notice to show support for the diversified community this is. And to see this is really heartwarming.”
“I think all of us are horrified by the tragedy in Quebec,” added Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “It’s just not what Canada is about. We’re here because my husband and I have made some wonderful Syrian friends and to think that people are not accepting refugees – is just so contrary to what B.C. is all about.”