On Sunday, four members of the Pakistani Afzaal family were killed after being deliberately hit by a pickup truck, and a child was seriously injured.
On Tuesday, June 8, the Ottawa House of Commons observed a minute of silence to mourn the victims of the anti-Muslim attack in the southern Ontario city of London on Sunday night. Three generations of the Pakistani Afzal family, a couple in their 40s, their 15-year-old daughter and her 74-year-old grandmother died after being deliberately knocked down by a pickup truck. Their 9-year-old boy was seriously injured and is still hospitalized.
“This murder is not accidental. This is a terrorist attack motivated by hatred, which occurred in the center of one of our communities”, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in Parliament.Looking back on the anti-Muslim behaviors that have occurred in Canada in the past few years, including an attack that killed 6 people at the Grand Mosque in Quebec in 2017 or a knife attack in front of a mosque in Toronto in 2020, the head of the Liberal Party government stated that this “Cowardly and Islamophobic attacks are not isolated incidents.”
He called on Canadians to mobilize against this scourge of racism. He himself pledged to take new measures to combat extremist groups. As he had already promised, he emphasized that he registered Pride Boys, a company founded in Ottawa, in January. A small group of white supremacists-on the list of “terrorist organizations” in Canada. A bill aimed at combating Internet hatred has been promised by the Trudeau government for several weeks, but has not yet been submitted.
The opposition in parliament unanimously condemned the Islamophobic attack.But the leader of the New Democratic Party (left) wants to respond to what the Prime Minister said just now “The perpetrators of this attack do not represent Canadians.” “I like this country, Initiated Jagmeet Singh. He himself has Sikh beliefs and was the first ethnic community leader to lead a national political party. But the reality is that this is Canada.Our Canada is where 215 indigenous children were found in mass graves [des ossements d’enfants ont été découverts le 28 mai à Kamloops en Colombie-Britannique sur les lieux d’un ancien pensionnat autochtone]Our Canada is a place where you might be killed for wearing a headscarf on the street. ” He concluded that this is a country that has committed genocide and must face racism and violence today, especially against Muslims.
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