The ceremony, held in the garden of the Muslim Mosque of London in downtown London, brought together important names in Canadian politics.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Main Opposition Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole, New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party Leader Annamie Paul, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, many ministers from the federal and provincial governments, members of Parliament and a crowd of representatives of different religions, in the presence of a group of guests.
TURKEY IS JUST NOT A PARTY
Sinem Mingan, Turkish Consul General in Toronto, who attended the commemoration ceremony, conveyed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s condolences to Prime Minister Trudeau, whom he met before the ceremony. Toronto Religious Affairs Attaché Cihan Yalçınkaya accompanied Consul General Mingan during the ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony which began with the recitation of the Holy Quran, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated that the incident was a terrorist attack and said: “A family of three generations has died in a way that she didn’t deserve. We are with you with all of Canada. Islamophobia is real in this country, discrimination is real. We must say no to all of this and to terrorism together. he said.
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Erin O’Toole, leader of the main conservative opposition party, also pointed out that Islamophobia has trended upwards during the Kovid epidemic. Stating that the Muslim community has contributed a lot to London, O’Toole said: “I am sure that as a strong community you will contribute a lot to the fight against Islamophobia, especially terrorism. mentionned.
Among political party leaders, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, who received the biggest cheers from the crowd of more than 15,000 at the ceremony, said: “Do you see how many people an attack brings together? powerful message. “
Recalling that hate is like fire, Singh said, “Once it spreads, it covers everything. Therefore, all of society must act together against terrorism, Islamophobia and hatred. mentionned.
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Mustafa Farooq, Executive Director of the National Council of Muslims of Canada, said: “We will see how many funerals are enough. I came here very angry. I am angry with the attack on the mosque in Quebec, the attack on the mosque in Toronto, what was done to Muslims in Edmonton and more The National Summit on Terror and Islamophobia should be called immediately and each sector should contribute to the solution of this problem. used his statements.
After the speeches, relatives and friends of the family who lost their lives in the incident took the stage and a minute of silence was observed. The commemoration ceremony ended with prayer and evening adhan, which was read after explaining the meaning of Sura Fatiha.
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On the other hand, the place where four people from the same family died in the terrorist attack has turned into a flower garden with those who have come to offer their condolences. Following the opening of the attack zone to pedestrian and vehicle traffic with the completion of the police investigation, Muslims visiting the area pray and cry, while Canadians decorate the area with bouquets of flowers that ‘they brought.
In the area where children who came with their families left their toys, some Canadians were observed hugging and crying. In the city of London, Ontario, Canada, on the night of Sunday June 6, the minibus driver entering with his vehicle in a family of five walking on the sidewalk caused the death of 4 members of the same family, including one 15-year-old girl, and seriously injured a 9-year-old boy. .
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The driver, named Nathanial Veltman, who is believed to be 20, was arrested and taken into custody on Cherryhill Boulevard, about 4 miles from the scene. In a statement by London Police, it was said the attack was carried out because the family was Muslim. Veltman, who was brought before the judge, was arrested and sent to jail for 4 murders and one attempted murder.