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  • Town hall with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was cut short Sunday after protests.

    Town hall with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was cut short Sunday after protests. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 September 2019
Opinion

“If you’re for democracy, why do you condone the sale of weapons of mass destruction to Saudi Arabia,” said one of the protesters.

A town hall organized in Toronto, Canada by the National Council of Canadian Muslims with Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland ended abruptly Sunday after protesters repeatedly called her “warmonger,” and made the event impossible to continue.

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“If you’re for democracy, why do you condone the sale of weapons of mass destruction to Saudi Arabia,” said one unidentified man. “Why are you waging economic war against the people of Venezuela who have done no harm to Canada? Why are you a warmonger?” the protestors chanted.

According to The Canadian Press, demonstrators held signs and banners that read slogans on the issue of the blockade against Venezuela, and the war in Yemen.

After several interruptions, the event called “What’s at stake this Federal Election?” and held in the University of Toronto was brought to an end.

Human rights organizations have continuously demanded the North American country to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia, first recalling the alarming record of the Arabian country regarding human rights and then arguing that the arms could be used in the bloody conflict raging in Yemen. According to the United Nations, the war in Yemen has led to one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis

Videos and images released online in the past few years, revealed that Canadian rifles and combat vehicles were effectively being used in Yemen, with weapons specialists validating their authenticity. Canadian companies have also supplied Saudi Arabia with surveillance technology, aircraft, and pilot training.

On the other hand, Sunday’s incident came days after photos of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 2001 blackface emerged sparking a scandal in the country with less than five weeks to go before a national election.   

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