A Quebec pro-firearms lobby group will no longer hold a pro-gun rally at a Montreal Polytechnique memorial site.
Tous contre un registre Québécois des armes à feu originally planned their “peaceful” demonstration for December 2 at The Place du 6-décembre-1989 –a park memorial dedicated to the victims of the attack.
The group’s decision to host the rally at the memorial and days before the 28th anniversary was heavily criticized by the public.
Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante took to Twitter to speak out against the rally.
“The pro-arms demonstration at the commemorative square of the Polytechnique massacre testifies to a lack of judgment, but also an unacceptable disrespect for the victims of this tragedy and all the women victims of violence,” she wrote.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also condemned the group’s decision.
A needless and cruel provocation. No matter the debate, no matter the argument, the families of Polytechnique victims should come first. May we always honour their memory. https://t.co/RgPFI3kskd
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) November 28, 2017
The group has now changed the location of the rally. It will still be held on December 2 according to their Facebook event page, but details of the new location have yet to be announced.
Th École Polytechnique shooting killed 14 women. It was the worst mass-shooting in Canadian history.