Even in times of great tragedy, when the world seems darkest, a light can shine through, one created by our own humanity, by our unconditional love for our fellow brothers and sisters. A group of four Montrealers proved this fact today, showing us that even when the world is filled with hate, love is the stronger force.
No reader needs a reminder of the violent events that took place in Paris last Friday, perpetrated by the terrorist organization ISIS. But while the Paris attacks elicited an understandable reaction of fear and hate, Generation Y Not, a group of Montreal-based YouTubers, decided to remind the people of the world that we stand strongest when unified, not divided.
The three young men that make up Generation Y Not (Ammar Kandil, Thomas Brag, and Matt Dajer, along with their camera man Derin Emre) were personally affected by the attacks on Paris and the subsequent backlash against the entire Muslim community due to ISIS's involvement.
Thomas is from Paris and now living in Montreal; Ammar is from Egypt and a Muslim; Matt's close friend living in Paris was shot during the attacks. Recognizing how the Paris Attacks influenced their very lives in different ways, the group saw that they had to make their voices heard.
So today, Generation Y Not went into Berri-UQAM station, the busiest in the STM network, and enacted a "peaceful protest to tell the world that ISIS's agenda to separate us through fear won't work" as Ammar explains. Joining hands for what has become a picture embodying hope, the group demonstrated that, no matter who you are or where you're from, we can stand together.
The public's reaction was overwhelmingly positive, as Ammar recounts. Montrealers were put into tears by the demonstration, with many more congratulating the young men for taking the time to spread a message of unity and hope, rather than prejudice and fear.
Generation Y Not documented the entire event, which they posted to their YouTube channel only a short while ago. Please watch below.
For more videos by Generation Y Not, head over to the group's YouTube page here.