Edmontonians protest Egyptian violence
Attendees say they speak as humanitarians, want Canadian government to act
More than 150 members of Edmonton's Egyptian community gathered Sunday at the Alberta Legislature to protest the continuing violence in the Middle Eastern country.
The gathering, organized by Canadians for Democracy in Egypt, came as Egypt's military leader vowed further crackdowns on political violence, following the toppling of democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi last month.
The military estimates almost 900 people have died in four days of violence, while participants at Edmonton's rally told CBC News the figures are closer to 2,000 killed and thousands.
Protesters in Edmonton held signs condemning the violence, while showing support for pro-democracy protesters. They told CBC News they were motivated by humanitarian reasons, not political or religious.
Many attendees said they had lost family and friends to the violence, and others expressed fear for their loved ones in Egypt.
They are now encouraging the Canadian government to become involved, and urged Edmontonians to write letters to their local MPs.
A similar rally was held at Calgary’s city hall on Thursday, organized by the Muslim Council of Calgary.
More than 170 people have been killed and 1,300 injured in the last two days in Cairo, and it is not yet clear when the violence will end.
President Morsi's political party, the Muslim Brotherhood, has been staging sit-ins around Cairo to protest the coup, with the army responding with deadly force.