A Facebook group called WCAI Canada (The Worldwide Coalition Against Islam) got rejected by Calgary officials to protest against Islam because the group is what they call “hateful”
Calgary Recreation denied its application for a special event permit, “on the basis that your organization, and messages it espouses, are hateful,” the city told the group in a written response.
Despite this, the groups say that won’t stop them.
“We are going to march downtown and show the biased city officials that we will not be silenced,” Jeremy Phillips messaged CBC News from a Facebook account associated with the WCAI.
“It’s all about standing up for our rights and freedoms. We are not interested in a violent confrontation or anything like that. It’s all about having a peaceful protest.”
The group received negative responses from the Calgary Muslim community who plans to protest against them on this weekend.
“We expect people to attend in numbers so that we can combat this kind of hate, so we can stand against oppression,” said Asfa Riyaz, one of the organizers.
The International day of Al Quds rally — a controversial event that proponents say protests the oppression of Palestinians, while critics say it condemns Israel and the Jewish people — will be in front of city hall on Friday at 5 p.m.
On Saturday, a rally called We Stand United in One Love Canada is set for 12 p.m. at city hall.
And later on Saturday, at 5:30 p.m., the Calgary Anti-Oppression Interfaith Rally will also take place at city hall.
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