December 6, 2013 3:29 pm

Ceremonies mark anniversary of murder of 14 women in Montreal in 1989

MONTREAL – Several events are being held today to mark the 24th anniversary of the murder of 14 women at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique engineering school.

Outside the school near the Universite de Montreal, bouquets of white and red roses were placed at the foot of a wall plaque with the names of the 14 victims.

A demonstration was also held on the steps of the Montreal courthouse where the names of the women were read aloud and speakers denounced violence against women.

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took part in that event.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

He says that while people will never fully understand the atrocity that occurred in 1989, his government is committed to helping ensure it does not happen again by making streets and communities safe for women, girls and all Canadians.

© The Canadian Press, 2013

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