Hijab-wearing woman attacked in Metro urges others to don religious symbols
Sama Al-Obaidy pushes for quiet protest a day before secular charter hearings begin
With hearings on the secular charter due to begin Tuesday morning at the national assembly, many Quebecers are wearing overt religious symbols today as a form of protest.
“Today basically is just to show up to work, to their everyday life and adopt one of the four symbols the [Parti Québécois] is planning to ban, so either the hijab, the turban, the kippah or a large cross,” said Sama Al-Obaidy, the creator of the Support Another Facebook page.
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She started the Facebook page after an incident in the Montreal Metro about five weeks ago.
“She told me my hijab and myself don’t belong in Quebec and after a few exchanges of words she decided to start pulling on my veil. As it started getting loose I had to eventually stop her,” she said.
The attack is one in a long string of altercations that have occurred since the PQ announced its proposed secular, or values, charter.
The charter would ban overt religious symbols in the public sector workplace.
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Al-Obaidy decided to organize a day of action for today, just before the start of the Bill 60 hearings.
On Sunday, Al-Obaidy, along with her sister Yusr, her good friend Nariman El-Doraini, Hampstead Mayor Bill Steinberg and others, handed out kippas and other religious symbols for people to wear on Monday.
The Facebook page links to videos on how to wrap a turban and hijab.
Stay tuned to the CBC Montreal website for coverage of the Bill 60 hearings.