Justice minister calls white supremacists sad losers after big rally in Edmonton
Alberta justice minister Kaycee Madu is speaking out after a white supremacist rally took place in Edmonton on Tuesday.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Madu decried the rally, calling those who organized it a group of "sad losers."
Last night, a small group of sad losers organized what has been described by some as a “white supremacist rally” in a grocery store parking lot in North #YEG.— Kaycee Madu (@KayceeMaduYEG) September 30, 2020
And while all Canadians have a right to free expression, I absolutely condemn any demonstration of bigotry and racism.
In a follow up post, Madu went on to explain that he condemns any group who discriminates against race, ethnicity, or colour of skin, including white supremacists.
I condemn any group that relies on race, ethnicity or colour of skin to discriminate against anyone, including groups who described themselves as white supremacist with similar objectives. I also condemn groups who seek to divide us or encourage violence on the basis of race.— Kaycee Madu (@KayceeMaduYEG) September 30, 2020
The event occurred in a shopping centre parking lot where a large group of about 50 people were shouting, "all lives matter." Police were called after a dispute erupted between them and another large group who were chanting "Black lives matter."
While the one group, who called themselves "patriots", accused the others of being "anti-fascists", the other group accused their opponents of being "Nazis."
Both sides told CTV News that they were not affiliated with any particular groups.
"I think it’s unfortunate that we’ve got a small number of kooks who go around trying to get attention for a message of hate. I don’t think we should give them the attention that they crave," he said.
Alberta has no place for hate and prejudice promoted by a small bunch of clowns seeking attention. Obviously, we condemn racism and racial prejudice while supporting human dignity and equality for all regardless of their race. pic.twitter.com/Tut87FT2RQ— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) October 1, 2020
Mayor Don Iverson also chimed in on social media.
Racists are NOT patriots & hate speech is NOT acceptable in #YEG. White folks aggressively spitting “all lives matter” inelegantly proves the point that Black, Indigenous & People of Colour’s lives have not yet been universally afforded equal value in our society. STOP IT. https://t.co/RK851PK4gT— Don Iveson (@doniveson) September 30, 2020
This comes just over a week after violence erupted at a anti-racism rally in Red Deer which prompted the RCMP to launch a criminal investigation.
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