Islanders mobilize to protest Islamophobia


Following the release of President Trumps “Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” on January 27th. Many citizens have mobilized to protest President Trumps “Muslim ban”.

This protest was part of a National Day of Action against Islamophobia and White Supremacy, and protests occurred in capital cities across Canada. The organizers of the national protest on Saturday was to mobilize Canadians to pressure the Canadian government to condemn President Trump’s controversial executive order to ban citizens from seven (predominantly Muslim countries) from entering the United States.

Islanders rallied to protest Islamaphobia on Saturday, February 4th. Approximately 2000 people attended the march. Which met at the bottom of Queen St. in Charlottetown and continued to Province House.  The rally included speeches and moment of silence and prayer.

In the wake of the terrorist attack on a mosque in Quebec City, the protest gave people the opportunity to grieve and show their support for those affected by the shooting and the Muslim community. Hammad Ahmed, who helped to organize the rally, stated to CBC “It made me happy, at a point I felt like crying just seeing the amount of people who were out here to support those injured and hurt.”

A representative from the Muslim Society of PEI told CBC that there was an outflowing of support from Islanders. After the shooting in Quebec, many individuals, churches and organizations contacted the Society offering their support.

This blog post was written by a CCLA-PBSC RightsWatch student. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCLA or PBSC.