More anti charter rallies after hopeful week
Protesters against Quebec's charter of values are feeling a little more hopeful following a week where several former Parti Quebecois leaders come out against the plan.
Another round of demonstrations was held again Sunday, with events staged in Montreal and Quebec City.
C.B. Singh, one of the organizers of a rainy march in Parc Extension, says he's glad to see that many disagree with the PQ's plan to forbid public employees from wearing religious headgear.
Singh says he doesn't expect PQ Premier Pauline Marois to abandon the proposal any time soon, but hopes the criticism could make it harder for her to get public support.
Demonstrators, mostly from the area's Sikh and Muslim communities, came out to peacefully denounce the plan.
They say they just want to live in peace, but added they feel very much a part of the province.
At one point, they chanted "je t'aime Quebec, je t'aime Quebec".
Former PQ premiers Jacques Parizeau, Lucien Bouchard and Bernard Landry have called for the plan to be watered down.
As it stands, the charter would bar anyone wearing a hijab, kippa, turban or a prominent crucifix from working in the public sector.
Another anti-charter rally was held in Quebec City on Sunday.
Hundreds showed up to protest in front of the National Assembly.
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