Quebec: Muslims fear backlash, seek broader dialogue following soldier attacks

Montreal engineer Mohamen Hachem (screen capture)

Members of Quebec’s Muslim community are now asking for calm after condemning last week’s attacks on Canadian soldiers.

Many say they fear a backlash as more evidence comes forward linking the violent attacks to men with extremist Islamic beliefs.

To open a dialogue on the matter, dozens of Quebec Muslims met Monday evening to discuss their concerns at a downtown community centre.

Montreal engineer Mohamed Hachem said he and other Muslim Canadians are feeling insecure.

“I think it’s harder every time there is something like that, like what we’re going through. I could feel it after what happened,” he said of the attacks in Ottawa and St. Jean sur Richelieu that left two soldiers dead… (Video at link)