While recognizing the right to free speech, the City of Côte Saint-Luc calls on the City of Montreal to follow the lead of Lyon, Berlin and other cities around the world that have denounced and curtailed hate speech and the glorification of violence at demonstrations in support of the mass terror attacks that killed more than 1,000 civilians in Israel on October 7.
A day after these horrific mass murders by Hamas—a recognized terrorist organization—marchers in downtown Montreal held a rally where sweets were handed out to celebrate the murders.
“The City of Côte Saint-Luc supports free speech, but not hate speech,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “Demonstrations celebrating the kidnapping and slaughtering of civilians are reprehensible and grotesque. We ask the City of Montreal and the Montreal police department to impose clear conditions on any future demonstrations.”
Conditions must include, at minimum, that the demonstration be peaceful; that there be no flags of terrorist organizations; that speakers not incite violence or hatred, or glorify the slaughter and kidnapping of innocent civilians; that signs not advocate for the destruction of UN member countries.