Protest planned Saturday against PQ plan for charter of values
Organizers are hoping to attract thousands of people to a multicultural protest on Saturday against the Quebec government's controversial proposal for a charter of values.
Representatives of the Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and native communities have all indicated they will join the march.
Organizers said despite the fact that the march is on Yom Kippur, non-practicing Jews are welcome to attend, and other protests are planned.
Adil Charkaoui, spokesman for the Quebec Collective Against Islamophobia, describes the demonstration as the first step in actions that are planned against the PQ's plan.
He told a news conference Thursday that other steps would include support for any women targeted by the proposed legislation, including helping them before the courts.
Charkaoui also says Muslims would be encouraged to learn English and become bilingual - not so they could leave Quebec - but so they could stay in Montreal and fight for their rights.
Charkaoui says he expects 20,000 to attend Saturday's protest, which will end at Place du Canada, the site of a massive pro-federalist demonstration just a few days before the 1995 sovereignty referendum.
Meanwhile, Asma Falfoul of the South Asian Women's Centre of Montreal admitted she feels Marois is trying to creat the perception of a problem that doesn't really exist.
"I'm born here, and raised here," Falfoul said. "We are really past the stage of discriminating against people we're not in commonality with."
With files from The Canadian Press