More than 1,000 people created a human chain around the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa today. They gathered to protest an executive order, signed recently by U.S. President Donald Trump, which put into effect a ban on citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the United States.
The crowd chanted, “No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here,” and “No bans, no walls, sanctuary for one and all.” Speakers, including a former NDP MP, Paul Dewar, called on the Canadian government to put pressure on the Trump administration to rescind the travel ban.
In light of a terrorist attack on Sunday night at a Quebec City mosque – which left six people dead – those attending today’s rally were denouncing Islamophobia. Amira Elghawaby, a spokesperson for the National Council of Canadian Muslims, told the crowd, “We are deeply concerned about rising Islamophobia here in Canada, and we fear this [travel ban] will aggravate the phenomenon.”