Pegida Canada sympathizers gathered on Saturday, April 9, 2016 outside of the Joseph Shepard building in Toronto, where a month ago two soldiers were recently injured in a terrorist stabbing attack.
On March 14, 2016 at approximately 3:30 pm, 27 year old Montreal-born Ayanle Hassan Ali entered a government building located at 4900 Yonge Street in North York, walked towards the recruiting centre and struck a uniformed soldier, who fell to the ground but managed to get up and noticed that the accused had a large knife in his hand.
The accused continued to advance to the soldier, slashed him in the upper right arm, then went to the centre and attempted to slash a uniformed female Canadian forces member who managed to escape unharmed. Military personnel on the scene managed to corral civilians into a safe location and were able subdue the accused before the police arrived and arrested him.
According to Chief of Police Mark Saunders, while at the scene, the accused said that “Allah told me to do this. Allah told me to come here and kill people”. Ayanle Hassan Ali is facing nine charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.
The protesters marched outside the Joseph Shepard building holding signs against terrorism and radical Islam: “Revoke citizenship of jihadis”, “Remove imams who preach hate”, “Remember the victims of Islam”, “Rapefugees not welcome”, “No Sharia barbarism”, “Don’t let Canada become Europe”, “Islamic theocracy hates democracy”, “Watch the mosques”, “stand with us Pegida Canada, preserve our values”, “Continue the war on ISIS”.
One of the protesters told CIJnews that “We will continue to have a voice, albeit small, and we hope that by our efforts, support will grow, and people will not be afraid to speak, and fight for truth and justice.”
When asked about the nature of Pegida Canada and allegations in media of being a “far right and violent” group, she explained: “We are patriots, pure and simple. We love our country, and we want to preserve our Judaeo/Christian democracy. We are neither racists nor bigots nor fascists, and we certainly take exception to those labels. Our rallies and demos are peaceful, and done within the boundaries of the law.”
“Our fight against Islamization is necessary. Islam, by its very nature, is not compatible in a democratic society,” she added. “People in North America are complacent. They have never experienced oppression or war on their soil in this century, and they are secure in their prosperity. We want to wake them up to the potential disaster that could overtake this great country if measures are not put into place. We urge them to look to Europe and the chaos that is happening there.”
“We continue to demo, quietly, peacefully, and we continue to educate. We also petition our government. We have had very little response from our government. However, we think it important to have a voice there.”
Pegida Canada held similar rallied in recent months at Dundas Sqaure, Yorkdale Mall and outside the Promenade mall in Thornhill.