Crowdfunding campaign launched for man who spoke up to anti-gay group | Vancouver Sun
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help a Vancouver man who confronted anti-gay demonstrators in the West End and was assaulted and left with a broken leg.
Justin Morissette remains at St. Paul’s Hospital on Monday, following a Saturday evening assault in which he was left with a broken tibia, fibula and dislocated knee after speaking up against an anti-gay group in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood.
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In a note attached to the GoFundMe campaign, Kevin Morissette said his brother is “proud of what he did” but it’s unfortunate things unfolded as they did, and suggested the assault could have been prevented.
“Residents of the neighbourhood actively called the police asking for these individuals to be stopped – to no avail,” he wrote. “The location of their preaching was not unplanned given the historic LGBTQIA2s+ history of Vancouver’s West End.
“2020 has brought with it the call to action for civilians to stand up and fight against intolerance and bigotry. Justin did exactly this by confronting this group of religious extremist who believed they had a right to spew hate speech,” he wrote.
During a press conference Monday, Mayor Kennedy Stewart was asked about the assault that took place in his city.
“Hate has no place in our city,” he said.
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