Government & Politics

London human rights groups to hold solidarity rally against Charlottesville hate attack

Victoria, Canada (IINA) - Several London human rights groups are planning to hold a solidarity rally at Victoria Park in Canada, following a deadly car attack in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.

The Council of Canadians and People for Peace are set to gather on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to stand with anti-racism protesters who were attacked during a white nationalist rally that left one woman dead and 19 people injured, CBC News reported.

David Heap, the peace and human rights chair for the council, said organizers want to send a clear message to hate groups across the border.

"We value all cultures, we value all people and we embrace all of our differences," he said. "We need to note that racist groups, xenophobic groups, intolerant groups show up in our community as well." "We have to be vigilant here and send a message that London, and the community as a whole, really doesn't accept that."

Last month, members of both human rights organizations showed up to a rally held by anti-Islamic groups who were gathered in front of city hall.

The Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA) are set to congregate late this month, with counter-protests organized by both human rights groups, among others.

Mike Roy, an organizer with People for Peace, said activists should consider extra safety precautions. "We are afraid that some sort of thing like (the incident in Charlottesville) will happen and that's why we're holding these counter protests, and that's why we're trying to educate people about what's going on," he said. "The last thing we want is for people to get hurt,"

Heap said the organizers will increase safety measures for the gathering planned later in August.

Source: International Islamic News Agency