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Ottawa, Mar 26 (Canadian-Media): More than a dozen Canadian cities hosted marches to call for stricter gun control laws in both Canada and the United States in the wake of a deadly high school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla, media reports said.
The massive March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. organized by American students calling for change in the wake of the tragedy in deadly school shooting was supported by several hundred people joined local events in both Montreal and Toronto.
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In one of Montreal's two marches, before setting off towards the city's U.S. consulate, hundreds of protesters swayed together singing Glory, Hallelujah.
Demonstrators in Toronto began the 1.5-kilometre march from Nathan Phillips Square to Queen's Park and the signs protesting both gun violence in the U.S. and recent shootings that have plagued the city were carried by the marchers, pointing out that Canada was not immune to tragedy.
Organizers held a moment of silence, along the way, in front of the U.S. consulate for the victims of the Florida shooting killed on Valentine's Day.
"I think it's important to have this march today in solidarity with students in the United States because gun violence is taking its toll on families, individuals, communities across North America…," said Louis March, a co-founder of Toronto's Zero Gun Violence Movement was reported to state.
Democrats Abroad Vancouver and March on Vancouver held a rally In Vancouver, which began at 10 a.m. PT at Jack Poole Plaza with speeches by students.
Protesters walked to the U.S. consulate before returning to the plaza.
"The gun violence epidemic in America touches both Americans and Canadians living in Vancouver," said spokesperson Bodil Geyer in a release.
"You can't just stand silently and watch your neighbour go through a crisis like this."
Ottawa's rally was organized by students from high schools across the city.
Elsewhere in Ontario, the Waterloo region's rally took place at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Hundreds of thousands of people attended the march in Washington, D.C., with smaller gatherings held in over 800 cities across the world.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)