Canada Marks Fourth Anniversary of Quebec City Mosque Massacre

Six people killed in the Quebec City Mosque Massacre on January 29, 2017

The Canadian federal government has finally designated January 29th as a Day of Action Against Islamophobia, four years  after the Quebec City Most Massacre in Canada. On Jan. 29, 2017, Alexandre Bissonnette entered a mosque in Quebec City and opened fire on dozens of Muslim-Canadian while praying. By the time the shooting had ended, six had been tragically killed, and 19 more injured.

Bissonette was not charged with any hate crimes or any act of terror under the the Canadian Anti-Terror Act, while Canadian Muslims continue to be targets of the RCMP and entrapped for charges of terrorism. His sentence was reduced to 25 years from 40 in a supreme court ruling last November.

There has been a groundswell of support across the country to designate January 29th as a national day of action against Islamophobia, hate, and racism. Last year, Vancouver City Council passed a motion joining other cities across Canada to declare January 29th as a day of action against Islamophobia.

The Canadian Parliament passed a unanimous motion by Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Demratic Party of Canada to add Proud Boys to the anti-terror list and crack down on other hate groups in Canada leading up to this anniversary. The Proud Boys leader who was arrested during the Siege on Washington DC in last December was a Canadian.

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