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Protests, acrimony over Islamophobia motion mark international anti-racism day
by Joan Bryden
The international day for the elimination of racial discrimination was marked Tuesday on Parliament Hill by profane protests and acrimonious debate over a motion calling on federal politicians to condemn Islamophobia.
MPs wrapped up debate on the motion with Liberals and Conservatives accusing one another of playing politics with the rising tide of prejudice and hate crimes facing Canadian Muslims.
The motion, known as M-103, is to be put to a vote on Thursday.
Hours before the final debate, several dozen protesters gathered on the stairs in front of Centre Block to protest the motion, which has no legal effect but which they nevertheless maintained would restrict free speech and lead to the imposition of Sharia law.
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