August 22, 2014 2:50 pm
Updated: August 26, 2014 5:59 pm

Candlelight vigil shows support for Syria

Candles spelling out the word 'freedom' are lit in Phillips Square in Montreal, Thursday August 22, 2014.

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MONTREAL – Syrian-Canadian activists held a candlelight vigil in Montreal Thursday to commemorate the first year anniversary of chemical warfare in Syria.

The attack in Damascus killed almost 1500 people, including 400 children.

Since the chemical attack there have been countless massacres in Syria.

An estimated 200 thousand people have been killed in the violence.

Montrealers show solidarity with Syria at this candlelight vigil.

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Participants lit candles that spelled out the word ‘freedom’.

“The vigil is important to remind the world of the horrific crimes that took place one year ago where chemical weapons were used,” said Faisal Alazem, one of the event’s organizers.

“As well as to raise awareness of the continuous suffering of Syrians by the hands of the Syrian regime and ISIS.”

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Montreal joins 30 cities across the world to stand in “solidarity with all those struggling and fighting for a free and democratic Syria.”

“It is a reminder to Syrians that although the international community may have abandoned them but we haven’t,” said Alazem.

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