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1,000 March to Support Palestinian Refugees Facing Deportation

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Issue: 22 Section: Canadian News Geography: Quebec Montreal, Iraq Topics: solidarity

September 30, 2004

1,000 March to Support Palestinian Refugees Facing Deportation

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Montreal residents protest in support of non-status Palestinian refugees. photo: CMAQ
An estimated 1,000 Montrealers attended a September 19th protest in support of Palestinian refugees in Canada. More than 40 Palestinians in Canada are facing deportation.

"They're deporting people back to a military occupation," said Rabie Masri, head of the Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees. Masri says that 99 per cent of Palestinian refugees are refused refugee status by immigration Canada.

One elderly family has been living in the basement of the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce church. According to one protester, "they just want to live out their remaining years in Canada."

» Coalition Against the Deportation of Palestinian Refugees: Media coverage of the demonstration

» CMAQ: Stateless and Exhausted: Refugees in Montreal face the endurance test of Immigration Canada

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