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Speaking out peacefully in Montreal

by Archives February 15, 2006

About 200 members of the Montreal Muslim community held a peaceful demonstration on Saturday to protest against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in Danish and French newspapers. The group was made up of mostly men but it also included women and children. They gathered at the intersection of McGill College Ave. and Sherbrooke St. W., giving speeches. They sang and chanted as a crowd of media, police and the public looked on. There was a big emphasis on the part of organizers stressing that the purpose of the protest was to denounce the insult to the prophet. They condemned the use of violence.

On the other side of Sherbrooke Street West, another group of demonstrators gathered in front of McGill University’s Roddick Gates for freedom of speech and freedom of the press. There were small peaceful debates between the two groups.

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