Protesters flooded the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery this afternoon, calling for the Canadian government to open their doors to refugees trying to get into the country.
“We’re very emphatically demanding the Canadian government do something on behalf of us as citizens and open our doors.”
“We want to call people refugees but at the end of the day, everyone of us is a human being first.”
“We’re demanding the federal government to open those doors. Open those doors now!”
Among those in attendance were Alan Kerim, the cousin of Alan Kurdi, and his mother Tima Kurdi.
He says not only is his family desperate, so are thousands of refugees.
“They need help from the whole world. The world is now awake and aware of this refugee crisis, and it’s time for action. The crisis is worsening and we fear for our family’s safety.”
The protest comes on the same day Germany and Austria opened their doors to thousands of exhausted refugees from Syria’s civil war.