Gun control protests unfolded Saturday in hundreds of cities around the world, including Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, in the wake of a shootout that killed 17 at a high school in Parkland, Fla. February 14th.
The organizers of Montreal’s “March for Our Lives” rally wanted to echo the American youth mobilized by the recent tragedy.
Demonstrations took place Saturday in more than a dozen Canadian cities from coast to coast.
In Toronto, the demonstrators observed a minute of silence in front of the US consulate before continuing their march towards Queen’s Park.
On the Ottawa side, the marchers gathered on Parliament Hill and then headed for the US Embassy at 490 Sussex Drive.
Beyond this surge of solidarity, the protesters also seize this opportunity to demand “firm laws” on this side of the border, including the prohibition of assault weapons such as the AR-15 rifle used by the military. Shooter from Marjory Stoneman Douglas School, Parkland.
More than 500 Montrealers joined forces with many demonstrators in the United States to demand better arms control.
A young protester present at Cabot Square, meeting place in Montreal, said she feared for the lives of her friends.
“I have several friends who stay in the United States, there are some in Texas, and they are no longer safe in their own school. It’s really sad because they should be entitled to the same life as everyone and a sense of security, “says this teenager.
The Montreal demonstration, supported by the student associations of Polytechnique and Dawson College, among others, was concluded in front of the United States Consulate.
Victims of Polytechnic in Washington
The organization Polysesouvient sent a small group of activists to Washington to take part in the march.
Polysesouvient, an advocate for stronger gun control in Canada, was founded by victims of the Polytechnique massacre in 1989.
Tens of thousands of protesters converged in Washington for the largest firearms rally in US history, stretching from the White House to the Capitol.
According to a Washington Post analysis this week, more than 187,000 US elementary and high school students have witnessed school shootings since 1999.