Canada prevents anti-Semitic comedian from entering country

Source. Times of Israel.

Dieudonne confirmed he had to depart Canada, “but I will return,” he said on his Facebook page. “I will be in Montreal tomorrow ‘in peace,’” he wrote, using the name of his planned show.

That comment led some news reports to speculate that he might try to return and enter Canada again on Wednesday for his first show.

Dieudonne, 50, had sold out shows in three Quebec cities, including a Montreal art gallery that was vandalized in apparent anticipation of his appearance there.

He was slated to perform in Montreal starting Wednesday, and then move on to Trois-Rivieres and Quebec City.

After his arrival in Montreal, according to a report in the Montreal Gazette, he was detained in the airport’s customs area until the decision was announced not to let him in.

Dieudonné has been popular in Quebec since 2004, but less so in recent years. He had shows canceled in 2012 because of the controversy surrounding him.

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  1. Article 10 of European Convention on Human Rights provides the right to freedom of expression, subject to certain restrictions that are “in accordance with law” and “necessary in a democratic society”. This right includes the freedom to hold opinions, and to receive and impart information and ideas, but allows restrictions for:

    interests of national security
    territorial integrity or public safety
    prevention of disorder or crime
    protection of health or morals
    protection of the reputation or the rights of others
    preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence
    maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary

    One would hope and pray that some of the provisions against anti-Semitism can be used to ensure the rights of other minorities as well, including the Muslims.

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