MONTREAL – If you were too busy looking at your phone or reading the paper as you passed through Berri-UQAM metro Monday morning, you may have missed it: A show of solidarity by three young men with a message.
New Yorker Matt Dajer standing tall, hand in hand with his two roommates, Ammar Kandil from Egypt and Thomas Brag, from France.
“We’re roommates and best friends and we wanted to show support for all cultures suffering at the hands of terrorism,” Dajer told Global News.
They stood with a sign that read, “He is my roommate and best friend. These are my brothers. They cannot separate us.”
Their act was a simple one, but their message was strong.
“We realized that this is their [ISIS’] goal…to make us fear each other,” he said.
“We realized that by standing in solidarity with each other and publicly announcing [this], we’re refusing to play their game.”
Dajer admitted the last three days were an extremely difficult time in their apartment.
“It [the Paris attack] was very rough. Thomas’ friend was shot at the Bataclan,” he said.
“All of our friends from there are still terrified.”
Brag’s friend, police officer Arnaud Beldon, 38, remains in critical condition.
“He’s in coma, so it’s uncertain at the moment,” Dajer told Global News.
“He was shot in the spine three times protecting his wife.”
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