Several media reports, including those by the Calgary Herald and Toronto Star, have reported on the Yellow Vests Canada Convoy, also calling itself 'United We Roll', without making any reference to the overt racism and death threats which have come to characterize the movement.
In response the Canadian Anti-Hate Network sent a press release to every newsroom in Canada. We hope this will contribute to more factual reporting on the movement and convoy as it continues towards Ottawa, arriving on February 19th.
Important context about the Yellow Vests Canada (YVC) convoy, aka ‘United We Roll’
For immediate release
February 14, 2019
• Convoy organizer Glen Carritt says his group still “identifies with the yellow vests” and are welcoming them to the convoy. YVC organizer Tyler Malenfant calls it a Yellow Vests convoy on their main Facebook page.
• The organizers of the convoy express support for anti-Muslim hate groups including Canadian Combat Coalition, Soldiers of Odin, and Worldwide Coalition Against Islam.
• The rebrand from a Yellow Vests Convoy to ‘United We Roll’ is diverting attention from the overt racism and death threats that have come to characterize the Yellow Vests Canada movement. We, Yellow Vests Canada Exposed and Anti-Racist Canada have documented hundreds of examples.
• The hate is mostly directed at Muslims, left-leaning individuals, government, media, and, occasionally, law enforcement. They share conspiracy theories such as: Muslims are behind the Fort McMurray wildfire so they could build a super-mosque. Oil and economic concerns are an issue, but not their primary concern.
• The Yellow Vests movement has been entirely co-opted by the far-right including most extreme anti-Muslim groups in Canada. Their rallies are attended by neo-Nazis like Paul Fromm and Brian Ruhe. The first Toronto rally was held by Faith Goldy, a self-proclaimed propagandist for the alt-right neo-Nazi movement, who promotes the convoy on Twitter.
• Tony Green, a YVC supporter, was arrested on January 28th after allegedly pointing a firearm at an off-duty RCMP officer. They seized over 100 guns and explosive materials from his house.
• Gregory McNeil, who made death threats towards law enforcement on the YVC page, was sentenced to over five years in prison after pulling a weapon on RCMP officers in 2010. The RCMP found a hidden room full of illegal weapons at his house.
• Yellow Vests Canada represents a public safety threat, according to a briefing note authored by the Canadian Association for Security & Intelligence Studies – Vancouver.
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Quebec Mosque killer sentenced to life in prison
Canadian Anti-Hate Network says case demonstrates how hate poses real danger
(February 8, 2019 - Quebec) Today, Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced to life in prison for murdering six men at a Quebec City mosque, Canada’s first mass killing at a place of worship. He could be eligible for parole after 40 years.
Quebec Superior Court Justice Francois Huot provided a lengthy judgment this morning which made note of Bissonnette’s “professional, measured and hateful” executions and recognized the attack as a hate crime, contrary to the defense’s claims.
The Judge noted that January 29, 2017, will be a date forever “written in blood” in both Quebec, and Canada’s history, and how the act tore apart the very fabric of Quebec and Canada.
“The severity of the sentence reflects how heinous Canadians view hate-motivated crimes, ” says Amira Elghawaby, board member at the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. “We hope today’s sentencing brings some measure of closure to the families of those forever impacted by this devastating act of hate and terror. We understand that the families and the community do not feel the sentence goes far enough.”
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network says the attack on the Quebec mosque was not only a hate crime, but an act of terrorism motivated by right-wing extremism. Legal academics including Professor Kent Roach of the University of Toronto have suggested the same.
“We hope this case makes it clear that hate can be a precursor to the worst imaginable crimes,” says Bernie Farber, chair of the network. “It’s absolutely evident that Mr. Bissonnette meant to terrorize an entire religious community and the Judge certainly reflected that in his comments about the wide impact of the shootings, and in analyzing Mr. Bissonnette’s stated motivations. However, it’s disappointing that he stopped short of calling this terrorism.”
Judge Huot did note the shooter’s explanation that he attacked the mosque because he feared terrorists would kill his family and that he “lost it” after learning that the Prime Minister had tweeted that refugees were welcome to Canada.
While Bissonnette has now been sentenced, those platforms that allow alt-right neo-Nazi and anti-Muslim hate to be shared and the propagandists on those platforms have once again escaped their share of the responsibility.
“If we truly want to prevent any such acts from every happening again, we will have to hold online platforms to account and target hate propaganda at its source,” says Elghawaby. “There is still no clear strategy on how to address online hate in this country and this will continue to harm various communities. Hate in Canada is sadly on the rise.”
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Le tueur d'une mosquée du Québec condamné à la prison à vie
Le réseau canadien anti-haine dit que la peine envoie un message fort
(8 février 2019 - Québec) Aujourd’hui, Alexandre Bissonnette a été condamné à la prison à vie pour le meurtre de six hommes dans une mosquée de la ville de Québec, le premier massacre commis au Canada dans un lieu de culte. Il pourrait être admissible à la libération conditionnelle après 35 ans.
Le juge de la Cour supérieure du Québec, François Huot, a rendu aujourd'hui un long jugement dans lequel il a pris note des exécutions «professionnelles, mesurées et haineuses» de Bissonnette et a reconnu l’attaque comme un crime motivé par la haine, contrairement aux affirmations de la défense.
Le juge a souligné que le 29 janvier 2017 serait une date «gravée dans le sang» dans l’histoire du Québec et du Canada, et que l'acte déchirait le tissu de la société civile du Québec et du Canada.
«La sévérité de la peine reflète à quel point les Canadiens rejettent les crimes motivés par la haine», a déclaré Amira Elghawaby, membre du conseil d'administration du Réseau canadien anti-haine. «Nous espérons que la condamnation d’aujourd’hui peut apporter un certain apaisement aux souffrances des victimes et leurs familles.»
Le Réseau canadien anti-haine dit que l'attaque de la mosquée à Québec était non seulement un crime motivé par la haine, mais également un acte de terrorisme motivé par l'extrême droite. Des académiciens juridiques, notamment le professeur Kent Roach de l'Université de Toronto, ont suggéré la même chose.
«Nous espérons que cette affaire montre clairement que la haine peut être un précurseur des pires crimes imaginables», a déclaré Bernie Farber, présidente du Réseau. «Il est tout à fait évident que M. Bissonnette voulait terroriser toute une communauté religieuse et le juge en a bien tenu compte dans ses commentaires sur l’impact considérable de la fusillade et dans l’analyse des motivations énoncées par M. Bissonnette. Cependant, il est décevant qu’il n’ait pas qualifié comme un acte de terrorisme.»
Le juge Huot a pris note de l'explication du tireur selon laquelle il avait attaqué la mosquée par crainte des terroristes qui tueraient sa famille et qu'il l'avait «perdu» après avoir appris que le premier ministre Trudeau avait tweeté que les réfugiés étaient les bienvenus au Canada.
Bien que Bissonnette soit maintenant condamnée, les plateformes qui permettent la haine néo-nazie et anti-musulmane de l'extrême droite sont partagées et les propagandistes de ces plateformes ont échappé une nouvelle fois à leur part de responsabilité.
«Si nous voulons vraiment empêcher que de tels actes ne se reproduisent, nous devrons demander des comptes aux plates-formes en ligne et cibler la propagande haineuse à la source», a déclaré Elghawaby. «Il n'y a toujours pas de stratégie claire sur la manière de lutter contre la haine en ligne dans ce pays et cela continuera à nuire à diverses communautés. La haine au Canada est malheureusement à la hausse.»
July 14 to 15, the Canadian Combat Coalition and other far-right groups held a ‘Canadians for Canada’ rally in Ottawa which was also billed as a ‘Unite the Right’ rally.
The rally touched off controversy in the far-right ecosystem over the participation of neo-Nazi Kevin Goudreau, who sports a large swastika tattoo on his chest.
Dan Dubois, the leader of the Canadian Combat Coalition (C3), claimed the rally would include groups like Storm Alliance, Soldiers of Odin, Sons of Odin, the Canadian Jewish Defence League, the III%ers, Northern Guard and La Meute.
Before the rally, a member of the anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant group La Meute posted in a closed Facebook group that they would be furious if any La Meute members attended, saying “These are neo-nazis, regardless of what they try to say, and we will have NONE of it.”
The Jewish Defence League also did not attend.
Responding to news that La Meute wasn’t coming, Dubois told the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, “It's a total mystery to me why La Meute wouldn't want to associate with us our beliefs are virtually identical.” He went on to post that C3 doesn't endorse "any racist or hate ideologies."
That evening, Dubois did a video interview with Kevin Goudreau to address allegations that Goudreau is a neo-Nazi and is associated with C3. In the video, Dubois accuses groups on the right of “spreading lies and deceit.” Goudreau claims that he’s not a Nazi, but an ethno-nationalist.
Anti-Racist Canada, part of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network team, has documented Goudreau’s extensive antisemitism and use of neo-Nazi signalers like 14/88 (referring to the 14 words and 88 standing for ‘Heil Hitler’).
“My problem is with people that come here to take advantage of what we have,” Goudreau says in the video with Dubois. He says they aren't real asylum seekers or refugees. “They are just here to rape us. Islamification of Canada, bringing their Sharia law here and when giving these people that are using a con special privileges and rights we don’t have.”
Dubois says Goudreau isn’t a member of C3. “What this is about is that Kevin doesn’t like this government,” says Dubois, “and C3 and Dan Dubois don’t like [this government] so mine enemy is my ally till we get this fight done.”
Only 80-100 people showed up on Saturday and were cordoned off from the public on Parliament Hill. Groups including C3, Northern Guard, Storm Alliance, and the Canadian Nationalist Party attended.
As originally reported by Anti-Racist Canada, Northern Guard has included leaders and members with demonstrated ties to white supremacy and neo-Nazism.
Far-right groups use rallies and events to network in real life and build capacity. This event continues a pattern of far-right groups claiming they aren’t racist while standing shoulder to shoulder with groups and individuals that are demonstrably hateful.
More speakers were scheduled for Sunday, but pictures from the event show perhaps as few as 40 people attended.
Some members of the far-right rally made their way over to a nearby #sexedsaveslives demonstration, which was protesting against the government's decision to roll back Ontario's sex ed curriculum. According to a participant, four or five people came over and “yelled some things/questions at the crowd and pointed their cameras at people.”
In an interview, Dubois told the Ottawa Citizen they expected 1,000 people and are disappointed with the turnout.
"For the fake Groups that didn't attend Shame on you," Dubois writes in a post on Monday. "Putting personal feelings ahead of your country just exposed you as fake Patriots !"
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network is concerned about demonstrations being held by far-right groups on Parliament Hill in Ottawa this weekend, July 14-15, 2018.
The demonstrations, being promoted as a ‘Canadians for Canada’ rally and a ‘Unite the Right’ rally are being organized by the Canadian Combat Coalition (C3). The leader of C3 claims it will include groups like Storm Alliance, Soldiers of Odin, Sons of Odin, the Canadian Jewish Defence League, the III%ers, and Northern Guard.
Members of La Meute, Storm Alliance, and other groups at a previous demonstration on Parliament Hill.
As originally reported by Anti-Racist Canada, part of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network team, the Soldiers of Odin and Northern Guard have leaders and members with demonstrated ties to white supremacy and neo-Nazism.
Members of the Canadian Jewish Defence League have been charged with a hate crime in the United States for their role in the beating of a Palestinian professor at the AIPAC conference in 2017.
The III%ers are an anti-Muslim ‘militia’ group which is stockpiling weapons, conducting paramilitary training and staking out mosques. In the United States, members of a III% militia group plotted to blow up an apartment full of Muslim immigrants. The Canadian leader, Beau Welling, has posted “The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim,” on Facebook.
Speakers include Kevin J Johnston, a Youtuber from Mississauga who is currently charged under S 319 of the Criminal Code for spreading hate propaganda. His videos often target Muslims and LGBTQ+ persons.
Far-right groups use rallies and events to network in real life and build capacity. This event continues a pattern of far-right groups claiming they aren’t racist while standing shoulder to shoulder with groups that are overtly and demonstrably hateful.
The event will run on both Saturday and Sunday. One of the organizers of a connected ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ event has said he “really wants to get in mainstream media’s face” and they may march on the nearby CTV office on Sunday. According to Hope Not Hate, Robinson is a "Far-right Islamophobic Extremist." He has been put in jail for breaking contempt of court laws in the UK.
Update 2018-07-13: Members of La Meute tell the Canadian Anti-Hate Network that they won't be attending the C3 rally. "We don't want to be associated with the mess of Saturday," says Sébastien Chabot, a member of La Meute.
Toronto's most prominent far-right organizer, Ronny Cameron, has cancelled his 'white priviledge is a myth' event (which had over 100 shares but fewer than two-dozen rsvps) and says he quits political activism.
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network welcome news that CSIS reopened investigations into right-wing extremism following the Quebec mosque shooting in January, 2017. "It was an error in judgement for CSIS to suspend investigations into right-wing extremism," said Bernie M Farber, Chair of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. "Hate movements go through peaks and valleys, but they never fully disappear. These groups should always be monitored and countered." He goes on to note that "CSIS played an important role in the dismantling of the neo-Nazi Heritage Front in the 90s and we are glad to hear they are recommitting to this work. We hope they devote the appropriate resources to this threat, especially as we are becoming increasingly aware of dangerous far-right extremism in Canada.Read more
"The organization is a way for people already keeping an eye on the Canadian far right to pool resources online, while the profiles will draw attention to the names, locations and ideologies of the groups."