Times are tense.
Here in liberal Canada, we like to imagine that we’re safe from all the fear and bigotry tearing America apart. But racist and violent points-of-view are here, too.
Nothing exemplifies that better than the white nationalist rally that occurred in Quebec City yesterday.
After waiting 5 hours for counter protesters to disperse, La Meute is marching silently next to the Plaines d'Abraham pic.twitter.com/L0r8qFAXYT— claire loewen (@clairelwn) August 20, 2017
The La Meute protest started in the afternoon, giving voice to a mindset that many (rather correctly) deem racist and xenophobic.
La Meute’s protest, however, didn’t go on uninterrupted.
A counter-protest was launched against the La Meute demonstration, with individuals calling themselves “anti-facists” disrupting the alt-right gathering.
Somewhat unfortunately, though, some individuals involved with the counter-protest became violent, causing damage and harm to others. Case in point: a journalist for Global News who's camera was smashed by protesters.
Eventually, due to the ensuing violence, the Quebec City police deemed the counter-protests to be illegal.
Opposing political views are nothing new, and the ability to voice your political beliefs is the cornerstone of a democratic society. What's scary, though, is that alt-right, white nationalist groups are becoming increasingly visible in Canada.
A year ago, the idea of an alt-right demonstration would have been laughable. Now, it'a a dark reality.
In truth, the anti-facist protesters were said to be violent in comparison to the alt-right group. Still, this just goes to show how divided the province can be.
Live from Quebec this morning talking aftermath of Sunday's violent protest. Found orange smoke bomb used by antifa. pic.twitter.com/tL7hzyAarX— Dan Spector (@danspector) August 21, 2017
Sure, we like to think of ourselves as incredibly welcoming and liberal, but when it comes down to it, Quebec can be racist. That isn't to say the rest of Canada isn't, either, but the fact that an alt-right group had the authority, power, and amount of people needed to launch a protest is troubling, to say the least.