A vigil was held this morning outside the Mexican Consulate in downtown Montreal on Peel Street for the two Canadian women, including a Montrealer, being detained in Mexico following a Molotov cocktail attack on a government building earlier this week.
About 80 people crowded outside the entrance of the office tower housing the consulate, carrying a huge banner proclaiming solidarity with Montrealer Fallon Rouiller Poisson and co-detainee Amélie Pelletier. They chanted slogans demanding the women's release and a political statement was read aloud denouncing the Mexican government. The two have been held since Janauary 5.
"Since this day, it has been impossible to establish direct contact with these comrades and their detention conditions are unclear," longtime political activist Jaggi Singh read from a statement criticizing the Mexican government as "repressive and authoritarian."
The Canadian Press interviewed Poisson's mother who says she doesn't know what's going on with her 20-year-old daughter and is very concerned about how she's doing.
No one was injured in the Molotov cocktail attack which damaged vehicles at car dealership near the government office. Mexican officials say one of the Canadians was seen getting rid of a backpack containing homemade explosive devices.
Foreign Affairs officials are investigating.
"The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development is aware of two Canadian citizens currently detained in Mexico. Canadian officials are in contact with local authorities," spokesman Mathieu Roy said in an email to CJAD 800 News.