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Wear religious symbols on Monday, charter protesters urge
by Susan Schwartz
About 75 opponents to the proposed Parti Québecois charter of Quebec values gathered on Sunday afternoon for a rally at Place Jacques Cartier, many wearing the very religious symbols and garb the charter would prohibit: skullcaps, hijabs and turbans on their heads and large crosses around their necks.
They wore them as a gesture of solidarity: Several of the women who donned brightly coloured hijabs don't wear one ordinarily, for instance, the men in turbans were not Sikh and some of the men wearing skullcaps, like John Lesnik, were not Jewish.
Lesnik said he came to the rally, organized by a group called Support Another, because he believes in freedom of religious expression.
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