Waterloo Region shows support for March For Our Lives at community rally

Many communities across the country are gathering in support of Parkland students and March For Our Lives. Waterloo Region held its own rally at Wilfrid Laurier University.

'I am a refugee because of the guns,' says a sign held by a rally participant

Rupinder Mangat organized a March For Our Lives rally on Saturday at Wilfrid Laurier University. (Carmen Ponciano/CBC)

Community members chanted for peace and gun control and held signs condemning gun violence on Saturday as they gathered in support of Parkland students at Waterloo Region's March For Our Lives rally at Wilfrid Laurier University.

The rally was organized by Rupinder Mangat and kicked off at 11 a.m. 

Community heard speeches from non-violence organizations and student refugees who fled their homes due to gun violence. (Carmen Ponciano/ CBC)

At the rally, participants heard from speakers from non-violence organizations and student refugees, who fled their homeland because of gun violence.

They also took a moment of silence to show support for victims of violence.

Mangat said she hopes this event will remind people that there are also problems with gun violence in Canada and around the world.

Many held signs with messages against gun violence. (Carmen Ponciano/ CBC)

March For Our Lives rallies are happening across Canada and the U.S. with the largest being in Washington D.C. Close to Waterloo region, rallies are also held in Guelph and Stratford on Saturday.

On Friday, Preston High School students also rallied in support of March For Our Lives.