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Rallies being held across Canada to support French terrorism victims

Silent vigil at the Vancouver Art Gallery Jan.7th/2015

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Rallies and vigils are being held in cities across Canada today in support of the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

Hundreds of people are taking part in a silent march in Montreal, while Premier Philippe Couillard and other members of the legislature are attending a similar event in Quebec City.

Other rallies are scheduled for Ottawa Toronto and Vancouver to honour those who died at the hands of al-Qaida linked gunmen during three days of bloodshed.

The Canadian events come on the same day of a major unity rally in Paris to mourn the victims and to denounce terrorism.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney is attending the Paris event on behalf of the federal government.

The leaders of Britain, Germany, Israel and Palestine are also there, prompting the deployment of an additional 2,000 police personnel to enhance security.

The rally in Vancouver is being held at Robson Square and starts at 12:00 p.m.