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The memory of the mass femicide at Polytechnique in 1989 is still painful

“In memory of the victims of femicide, and in honour of women and girls, let us continue to fight for equality.”

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the Montreal massacre, where 14 women, students at Université de Montréal’s École Polytechnique, lost their lives in a mass shooting motivated by misogyny. Dec. 6 is now the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

This morning Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante commented on the anniversary.

“On December 6, 1989, 14 young women were murdered at Polytechnique in a terrible anti-feminist attack. We will never forget them. In memory of the victims of femicide, and in honour of women and girls, let us continue to fight for equality.”

—Valérie Plante

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the Montreal massacre.

As has been done every year since 2015, 14 lights will be lit on Mount Royal this evening beginning at 5:10 p.m., the time the attack began in 1989. As each light is lit, the names of the 14 women will be read aloud.

For more on today’s remembrance ceremony and other commemorative events, please visit the Polytechnique website.


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