Hundreds gathered at Toronto vigil for New Zealand mosque attack victims
People gathered in the rain at Nathan Philips Square last night for a vigil honouring the victims of two mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead and 20 more seriously injured.
News of the attacks, which were filmed and live-streamed directly to Facebook by the gunman, hit international news yesterday.
The vigil—which saw the Toronto sign in Nathan Philips Square dimmed in the evening—was organized by the Muslim Youth Fellowship, Torontomuslims.com, Faith In The City, and Urban Alliance on Race Relations.
As Canadians mourn the loss of innocent victims during the #NewZealandMosqueAttack, dozens of youth from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada gathered at a vigil in Toronto this evening, to convey their prayers and deliver the message of Love for All, Hatred for None. pic.twitter.com/OnsEpJuGr2— AhmadiyyaCanada (@ahmadiyyacanada) March 16, 2019
Supporters came with signs and t-shirts with messages of acceptance and anti-Islamophobia, with group-led prayers and readings from the Quran.
Canada's immigration minister Ahmed Hussen took to the stage to speak to the crowds, as did Nadia Hasan, deputy director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims.
Toronto Vigil for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack. pic.twitter.com/oWU8yMSufu— Tactical Llama (@The_Green_City) March 16, 2019
People around the world have been taking to social media to condemn the deadly attacks which took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday.
Vigil held in Toronto for victims of #NewZealand mosque attack. The #Toronto sign in front of City Hall has been dimmed today to mourn the victims of this vicious terror attack in #Christchurch. https://t.co/DBiNticg0I United Against #Islamophobia pic.twitter.com/iYQRzH4DD7— Kingsley Kwok 郭旼修 (@KingsleyKwok) March 16, 2019
Both Toronto Police and Peel Police have stated that in the wake of the attack, they will have a "heightened presence in the community, focusing on places of worship – especially mosques".
On behalf of @TorontoPolice I want to send our condolences to those impacted by the heinous attacks in New Zealand. Please be assured that police officers will be patrolling your communities today, visiting mosques and other places of worship, to ensure everyone’s safety— Mark Saunders (@marksaunderstps) March 15, 2019
Law enforcement was stationed at mosques around the city for most of yesterday.
Join the conversation Load comments