Spotted: Toronto Rallies for France
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Spotted: Toronto Rallies for France

Hundreds gathered at Nathan Phillips Square to show solidarity with the people of France.

SPOTTED BY: Alex Guibord, from the Torontoist Flickr pool

WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square

WHEN: Sunday, January 11

WHAT: A rally that drew hundreds to downtown Toronto on Sunday to show support for those killed in separate attacks in France last week. Many carried pencils and pens—symbols of free speech and references to the victims of the massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Mayor John Tory addressed the crowd, referring to the recent violence as a “wake-up call,” and saying that we must be “determined to defend our shared values, here and abroad, each and every day and to support doing so, actively and together.”

Rallies also took place in Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver—as well as cities around the world. More than three million people took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to honour the dead, condemn the violence, and express their support for free speech.

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