Justin Trudeau asked to dismantle 300 white supremacy groups in Canada
Hundreds of white supremacy groups exist in Canada and now a number of anti-racism and civil liberty organizations are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take action against them.
On Monday, the National Council of Canadian Muslims took to Twitter to share an open letter they wrote with 26 other anti-racism and civil liberties groups, asking Trudeau to dismantle 300 white supremacist groups across the country.
The letter referenced an incident on Sept. 12, 2020 in which Mohamed-Aslim Zafis, a volunteer caretaker at a mosque in Toronto, was stabbed and killed while performing health screenings at the mosque's front door.
They went on to say that this attack is one of many against racialized communities in Canada.
Today, leading Canadian anti-racism and civil liberties orgs, including @AmnestyNow, @bccla, @WorldSikhOrg, @antihateca, @CIJAinfo, @CanadianLabour, and many more are calling on @JustinTrudeau to dismantle 300 white supremacist groups (1/2)https://t.co/5ae4Dncd0Z pic.twitter.com/hgyB5YU9rO— NCCM (@nccm) October 5, 2020
In a follow up tweet, the council also called on the support of other politicians such as Conservative leader Erin O'Toole, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, and Yves-Francois Blanchet, leader of the Bloc Quebecois.
Join our call for a national action plan on dismantling these groups from the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as the need for bipartisan support from @erinotoole, @theJagmeetSingh, and @yfblanchet.#DontLookAway— NCCM (@nccm) October 5, 2020
Many have already spoken up in light of the letter, including Singh who said that he stands with these anti-hate and civil liberties groups.
Andrea Horwath, leader of the Ontario NDP, shared similar sentiments.
Trudeau has not publicly responded as of yet, however other prominent Canadians have spoken out.
"This is a very important joint message that represents a broad cross section of Canada, with a shared message on the need to deal with the hate mongers right now. Let's support it loudly," tweeted Mohamad Fakih, CEO of Paramount Fine Foods and chairman of the Fakih Foundation.
A 34-year-old man was arrested in connection to Zafis death and charged with first-degree murder. The Canadian Anti-Hate Network later raised concerns about the accused's social media activity being linked to neo-Nazi ideology.
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