Chemical Attack Draws Protest From Windsor's Syrian Community

Close to 50 people gathered at the foot of Ouellette Ave. to protest Tuesday morning's gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria.

Images of people foaming at the mouth and convulsing in the streets are being shown by media - early reports show 58 people are dead, 11 of them children.

Speaking through an interpreter, Khaled Al-Badawy says horrors like the one committed in his former home, are the reason his family is here today.

"He came to Canada because he was escaping war, he was escaping constant bombardment. He was coming for safety. He wants to leave war, he wants a place where his family can prosper," says Al Badawy. 

The Badawy family arrived in Canada from Syria more than a year ago, but it doesn't mean he's forgotten those left behind.

"He's saying this was a crime against humanity. This is clearly an indiscriminate showing of killing. Killing children, women, elderly men, nothing targeted. Chemical weapons, it's just a clear indication that they mean no good and they just want to kill innocent people," he says.



(Photo by Gord Bacon)


Ahmad Riahi is with the Canadian Syrian Council.

Though Chants denouncing both the Syrian and Russian governments erupted throughout the event, Riahi tells AM800 News the protest isn't about starting a movement. 



"It's just a gathering to show the public what Syrians had to face before they were forced out of their homes. It's random attacks that can happen at any time, any minute, any day, with no protection," says Riahi.