Thousands of people take part in march, support of Muslim family killed in truck attack in Canada

Thousands marched in support of a Canadian Muslim family on Friday after a man drove a pickup truck to death last Sunday, which police called a hate crime.

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

In London, Ontario, people marched about 7 kilometers from the scene where the family was taken to a nearby mosque, near where Veltman was arrested by police.

There were some placards with the message ‘Hate is no home’, ‘Love over hate’. Similar incidents have taken place in other cities in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province.

After a moment of silence at the time of the tragedy, representatives of several religions speeches condemned the hatred and saluted the outpouring of support for London’s 30,000 powerful Muslim community.

A 19-year-old college student, Abdullah Al-Jarad said in March,”The best part was not just the number […] but the diversity of people coming from every community in London.”

The attack sparked outrage in Canada, with politicians on all sides condemning the crime and encouraging growing voices calling for action to curb hate crime and Islamophobia.

Veltman appeared in brief court on Thursday and will return to court on Monday. He faces four charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the killings a “terrorist attack” and vowed to crack down on right-wing groups and online hatred.

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