Canadians Hold Free Speech Rally in Toronto
Up to 150 protesters gathered at the Danish consulate in Toronto on Saturday in support of freedom of speech the publication of controversial cartoons depicting Muhammad:
While other countries have republished the cartoons since the initial printing, further fuelling the controversy, protesters continued to target Denmark in their demonstrations, with attacks on the country’s embassies in Muslim countries, setting the country’s flag on fire, and calling for a boycott of Danish goods.
“Some of us will not stand idly and meekly by while a principle fundamental to any free society is violently and senselessly threatened,” event co-organizer Daniel Dale told the cheering crowd of between 100 and 150 people on Saturday.
“Some of us will not stand idly and meekly by while a principle fundamental to any free society is violently and senselessly threatened,” Daniel Dale said. (CTV)
“We will not stand idly and meekly by while a democracy and ally is violently and senselessly attacked.” Demonstrators waved large Danish flags and carried placards proclaiming the importance of freedom of expression in a democracy.
Former journalist and Conservative candidate Peter Kent spoke to the crowd as a representative of the non-profit group Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD):
In Toronto, demonstrators waved Danish flags and carried signs with messages about the importance of free expression.
One sign read “All We Are Saying is Give Speech a Chance” while another read “Freedom Rings Whenever Opinions Clash.”
Former broadcast journalist and Conservative candidate Peter Kent spoke the rally as a representative of the non-profit group Canadian Coalition for Democracies (CCD).
“Any democracy worth its salt should be strong enough to endure the most controversial speech,” Kent said.
Around 150 People gathered in front of the Danish consulate in Toronto to express their support for freedom of speech. (CTV)
“That speech cannot be corrupted or compromised or silenced by intimidation or fear of violent reprisal,” he said.
“We in Canada and free people around the world have the right to offend and to be offended. We do not have the right to respond to offence with violence.”