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Winnipeggers pay tribute to London, Ont. assault victims at drive-in vigil – Winnipeg

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Lots of of Winnipeggers paid a secure and socially-distanced tribute Thursday evening to the victims of the London, Ont., truck assault.

The Manitoba Islamic Affiliation held a drive-in vigil within the parking zone of the Winnipeg Grand Mosque on Waverley Road.

4 members of the family had been killed and a fifth was injured after they had been struck Sunday in London, Ont., by a pickup truck. The London Police Service has alleged they had been intentionally hit as a result of they had been Muslims.

The vigil additionally honoured the six individuals killed and 19 significantly injured within the 2017 Quebec Metropolis mosque taking pictures.

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Shaykh Ismael Mukhtar, chair of the Manitoba Islamic Affiliation Non secular Advisors Committee, stated it’s unlucky they’re mourning one other mindless dying.

“(Salman) Afzaal and his household didn’t depart their homeland of Pakistan to face dying within the streets of Canada due to their religion and due to who they’re,” Mukhtar stated.

“There’s a duty on the shoulders of each single one in every of us to battle hate in no matter form and type.”

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Winnipeg highschool pupil Leen Alundi says she has pals have been bodily abused due to they’re Muslims.

“I’m positive many people have been on walks with our household to flee this lockdown. And to suppose {that a} household going for a stroll couldn’t make it again dwelling?” Alundi stated.

“What number of extra lives will it take for the world to pay attention? What number of extra sacrifices for the world to see and mourn with us?

“Islamophopia is actual. That is occurring in our personal nation and we should begin speaking about these issues. If not, we might be doing nothing however repeating historical past.”

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Shahina Siddiqui, govt director of the Islamic Social Companies Affiliation, says it’s time to start out the method of therapeutic for the Muslim group and referred to as on Winnipeggers to talk up and cease the hate.

“Our authorities has to cease giving us statements which might be mere slogans and political pandering. We have to roll up our sleeves and get to work for our grandchildren,” Siddiqui stated.

“To honour the Afzaal household, let’s make a pledge…that we’ll stand for justice.”

Twenty-year-old Nathaniel Veltman is going through 4 counts of first-degree homicide and one rely of tried homicide in reference to the London assault.

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