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Thousands march in support of Muslim family killed in truck attack in Canada

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5/5 © Reuters. People march the 7km from a crime scene to a mosque in memory of a Muslim family that was killed in what police call a hate-motivated attack in London, Ontario, Canada June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio 2/5

By Carlos Osorio

LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched on Friday in support of a Canadian Muslim family run over and killed by a man driving a pick-up truck last Sunday in an attack the police described as a hate crime.

The four victims, spanning three generations, were killed when Nathaniel Veltman, 20, ran into them while they were out for an evening walk near their home. A fifth family member, a 9-year-old boy, survived.

People in London, Ontario marched about 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) from the spot where the family was struck down to a nearby mosque, the site close to where Veltman was arrested by police.

Some carried placards with messages reading 'Hate has no home here', 'Love over hate.' Similar events were held in other cities in Ontario, Canada's most populous province.

"The best part was not just the numbers ... but the diversity of the people coming from every single community in London, coming together for this cause," said 19-year old college student Abdullah Al Jarad at the march.

The attack sparked outrage across Canada, with politicians from all sides condemning the crime, spurring growing calls to take action to curb hate crime and Islamophobia.

Veltman made a brief court appearance on Thursday and will return to court on Monday (NASDAQ:MNDY). He faces four charges of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the killings a "terrorist attack" and vowed to clamp down on far-right groups and online hate.

Thousands march in support of Muslim family killed in truck attack in Canada
 

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Oak Narwhal
Oak Narwhal Jun 12, 2021 11:16PM ET
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Field day for the media
Aux Gold
Aux Gold Jun 12, 2021 8:18PM ET
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What about crazy far left groups too? Like Antifa
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Jun 12, 2021 5:41PM ET
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Dems said he was a “peaceful driver” and to not report negatively on it.. Reuters didn’t get that marching order apparently.
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Ad Cline Jun 12, 2021 5:41PM ET
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silence dogood, I see you're still spewing mis- information and lies.
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Silence Dogood Jun 12, 2021 5:41PM ET
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Ad Cline  back at'cha buddy
Bret Lafrance
Bret Lafrance Jun 12, 2021 1:38PM ET
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I am looking at violent crime stats by country. There is nothing to be proud of. US had dramatic rise past five years. It might be time for our leaders and talk show hosts to back off on the rhetoric and seek psychiatric help.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Jun 12, 2021 1:38PM ET
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Dems spewing hate and racism to gain power.. their time will end soon.. America will get back to normal soon enough.
Cody Heck
Cody Heck Jun 12, 2021 1:38PM ET
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Focusing on a prosperous economy will take the debt ridden yoke off of the average worker's neck. Relieving many of unwarranted fears. But that won't happen because the 99% divided is beneficial to the 1%.
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Chatt career Jun 12, 2021 12:33PM ET
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why not report all racist comments this is the wrong patriotism if you think you are helping U.S. by those comments .this is criminal behavior not from a trader who is angry from losing a trade it's Saturday there are no trades report those racists criminals Mhahaha .
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A_Jaundiced_Eye Jun 12, 2021 12:00PM ET
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I thought that, according to the left-wing press, Canada, Denmark and every other developed country was perfect; the only evil country in the world is the U.S.  You mean, other countries have the SAME problems we do? I, personally, am astonished.
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Ad Cline Jun 12, 2021 2:47AM ET
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wy doesn't Canada jail members of right wing extremist groups, it would have prevented this tragity.
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NorCal Wood Wildcat Jun 12, 2021 2:19AM ET
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why didnt Canada ban cars, it would have prevented this tragedy
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ONTOTHE NEXT Jun 12, 2021 1:42AM ET
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These protests are ALL a waste of time and effort!!
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These are fun news for Chinese/Russians. Cuckoldry Season 5, Episode 13
 
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