Many citizens gathered on Sunday for the "march for an inclusive and gun-free Quebec", in Rivière-des-Prairies, a borough of Montreal hard hit by armed violence in recent weeks.
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The organization NSK, instigator of the march, wants governments to do more and act “with concrete actions, with organizations that work directly on the ground, and also, we need more [police] personnel. “, explained to TVA Nouvelles Johnley Pierre, president of this organization which supports disadvantaged young people in the metropolis.
He believes that "for it to stop, we have to act now" and above all "together".
Several of the residents of Rivière-des-Prairies met on Sunday during this march said that their neighborhood was no longer safe. Some parents even refuse to go to parks with their children for fear of gunfire.
“I am afraid that there will be a stray bullet and that I will be injured, or even more”, testified an 11-year-old girl who would like us to “stop bringing in weapons”.
Since the beginning of the year, the metropolis has been the scene of more than 80 shootings.