Hanady Saad said she was walking along René-Lévesque Boulevard in Montreal with her friends a few weeks ago when a stranger yelled at her.

"He was starting to say bad words — 'Terrorist, go back home, we don't want to see your hijab. You have to take it off,'" Saad said.

She has lived in Quebec for 23 years and said for the most part, anti-Muslim comments have been rare.

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