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Ceremonies mark 27 years since Montreal massacre

Ceremonies mark 27 years since Montreal massacre
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MONTREAL - Polytechnique Montreal opted for a simple commemoration today to mark the 27th anniversary of the massacre that saw 14 women gunned down at the school.

A bouquet of 14 white roses was placed at a memorial plaque in honour of the 13 students and one staff member killed on Dec. 6, 1989.

The school says campus flags are also lowered to half-mast from dawn until dusk today.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement today saying the women were killed "simply because they were women."

He says the statistics relating to violence against girls and women are unacceptable and he encouraged a conversation about how to end gender-based violence.
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