by Keila DePape
Originally published: September 10, 2017
A counter-rally on Saturday successfully shut down what organizers saw as hate speech bubbling up in Winnipeg, but some newcomers to the city say the treatment such rhetoric inspires still affects their daily lives.
Both a Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI) rally and Winnipeg Diversity Rally Against Hate rally were both set for Saturday afternoon, setting up a duel between the two demonstrations before the WCAI cancelled theirs at the last minute.
The counter-rally carried on at the Manitoba Legislature with about one thousand attendees “comprised of a diversity of peoples, united the banner of ‘we stand against hate’” said organizer Krishna Lalbiharie.