Hate Groups Showed Up At Canada’s Oldest Mosque, Reigniting Familiar Fears

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Man holding a sign saying ‘We Won’t Forget the Quebec Mosque Shooting’ during rally held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on January 27, 2018. The rally was held to remember those killed in the Quebec City mosque that took place one year ago during a and to condemn Islamophobia, hate, and racism. The rally marked one year since the horrific killing of 6 Muslims at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec. Over the past year, there has been a significant rise of Islamophobia and hate across North America and Europe following the election of Donald Trump and the support of far-right politicians in Europe. (Photo by Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Source: Huffington Post

Members of far-right hate groups recently entered the Al Rashid Mosque in Edmonton, Canada, and gathered outside to harass worshippers on their way to Friday prayers.

The incident evoked memories of the shooting, two years ago almost to the day, that left six people dead and 19 injured at a Quebec City mosque. It also served as yet another illustration of growing anti-Muslim bigotry in the country.

“Over the last three years we’ve seen a rise in two far-right movements in Canada, and those are the anti-Muslim and the alt-right neo-Nazi groups, which sometimes overlap but are two distinct things,” said Evan Balgord, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network. “We have had regular anti-Muslim demonstrations in cities across Canada, mostly in our largest cities, at least every month going back at least two years. This isn’t just an isolated incident. It’s just constant.”

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