Anti-immigrant group La Meute, with links to Charlottesville neo-Nazi protest, attempting to demonstrate in Quebec City this Sunday.
Anti-racists & anti-fascists are mobilizing to oppose La Meute, as well as other far-right demonstrations in North America.
Based on the work of anti-fascist activists behind-the-scenes, the presence of Quebec-based racists has been exposed in the mainstream media:
-> La Presse: Charlottesville: des Québécois parmi les radicaux:
-> Montreal Gazette: Fallout from Charlottesville protests comes home to Quebec
At least one high-level, now former, member of La Meute was among the far-right racists in Charlottesville. This is not not surprising as La Meute is a far-right, anti-immigrant group itself. Here in Quebec the group has worked with the Soldiers of Odin (a group founded by neo-nazis in Finland), the anti-immigrant Storm Alliance, and the one-person Mouvement Républicain du Québec whose leader is an avid promoter of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about plots to enact “white genocide”.
Regarding the La Meute member spotted in Charlottesville, according to La Presse: "Shawn Beauvais-MacDonald, membre important du groupe La Meute … était modérateur de la page anglophone du groupe sur Facebook. Les nouvelles recrues devaient lui envoyer une demande formelle pour rejoindre la page privée de l'organisation.' [tr: "Shawn Beauvais-Macdonald, an important member of La Meute … was the moderator of the English facebook page of the group. New recruits had to send him a formal request to join the private page of the group."]
Despite the murder of an anti-racist protester in Charlottesville at a demonstration attended by at least one senior La Meute member, La Meute is still attempting to demonstrate in Quebec City (at a currently undisclosed location) this Sunday. It is in Quebec City where less than seven months ago an individual murdered six people inside a mosque in a context of fear and Islamophobia encouraged by groups like La Meute.
La Meute is protesting in opposition to the arrival of mainly Haitian migrants to Quebec and Canada, playing into false and discredited racist fears about migrants leaving the anti-immigrant climate in Donald Trump's USA. Their demonstration is happening on the same weekend that far-right and white-supremacist groups are organizing protests in the USA (source: www.cnn.com/2017/08/15/us/whit
-> Local Quebec City groups are planning a counter-demonstration; info: www.facebook.com/events/183025
-> Montreal-area anti-fascists are attending; info: http://bit.ly/2x9oI5U