Three years later, Montreal protesters voice opposition to Quebec secularism regulation

Three years later, Montreal protesters voice opposition to Quebec secularism regulation

Three years later, Montreal protesters voice opposition to Quebec secularism regulation

This week marks the third anniversary of Quebec’s controversial Bill 21 — which bans some public workers from sporting non secular symbols — passing into regulation.

On Saturday, dozens gathered open air the metro station in Montreal’s Park Extension to denounce the bill.

“It will not matter what variety of years this regulation stays on the books. We’ll proceed combating in opposition to it because of it’s an unjust, xenophobic regulation that could be a disgrace to our province as an entire,” said event oganizaer Ehab Lotayef, who’s the co-founder of the “Non la loi 21” advertising marketing campaign.

Protestor Mandeep Kuar said he’s dreamed of working inside the Quebec authorities’s public sector.

She’s trilingual and raised in Quebec — nevertheless she says that on account of Bill 21, her future is proscribed.

“No matter having the similar {{qualifications}}, the similar education, I nonetheless can’t work. My selections are restricted to solely federal [jobs].”

Kanwar Pal said his selections have been moreover restricted by the regulation.

When Bill 21 handed in 2019, he was merely ending his internship as an engineer in Quebec’s Ministry of Transportation and later utilized for a eternal place.

“They said, ‘it’s essential take away your turban in an effort to work proper right here,'” said Pal.

He chosen to take care of his turban on and took a job inside the private sector.

“There are many individuals like me that placed on turbans or hijabs,” he said. “Quebec, that’s my home. It’s the place I grew up, I pay taxes. I don’t want to be dealt with as a second class citizen.”

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