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A social experiment started by Canadian Muslim university students has caught on outside the country following the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.
Last January, Mustafa Mawla, who moved to Canada from Saudi Arabia in 2001, stood blindfolded at the busy Toronto intersection of Dundas and Yonge streets. With him were two signs. The first read, I am a Muslim, I am labeled as a terrorist. The second stated, I trust you, Do you trust me? Give me a hug.
The response was astounding, as many people stopped to embrace the 21-year-old.
“It was very daunting in the beginning,” Mawla told the Toronto Star. “You’re kind of wondering if you’re going to get hugs or not, and if someone is going to attack you or not.”
The video, titled Blind Trust Project, has since been viewed over 2 million times.
He says some of the feedback he’s received calls him out for doing such an experiment in Canada, a country known for being welcoming.
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