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Calgary rally planned to protest US family separation policy

The same group behind the Calgary women’s marches is asking citizens to join them in a rally this Saturday, June 30 to stand with other cities around the world protesting the Trump administration’s recent separation of families.

US President Donald Trump did sign an executive order last week to end the separation of children from their parents, but Women March On: Calgary’s organizers still felt it was important to show support.

Spokesperson Ashley Bristowe said the march needs to go ahead as the world waits to see when families will be reunited.

“We don’t know how long it will take for those children to be reunited with their parents, if they even will at all,” she said.
The group also said that Canada has also previously held children in detention centres, so it’s important to show that this kind of practice isn’t acceptable at any point, in any country.

They say it’s also part of a bigger issue with current immigration attitudes expressed by some.

“This story is bigger than the separation of children from their parents. It’s about the attitudes towards immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers that allows those in power to take such awful actions. And this attitude is something that transcends borders,” said spokesperson, Anila Lee Yuen.

The march will go ahead at noon on June 30. Those interested in attending can meet in front of the US Consulate at 615 Macleod Trail SE. More details can be found on the group’s Twitter account @wmyyc or on Facebook @wmwyyc.