Montreal - Student Federation Says Sorry For Nazi Salutes
Montreal - Quebec’s federation of university students has apologized for the appearance of Nazi salutes at recent demonstrations after prominent Jewish organizations condemned protesters’ use of the gesture.
Martine Desjardins, president of the federation, said the salute, which some protesters have been using to mock Montreal police for alleged brutality, doesn’t “represent the values of Quebec and Canada.”
“We think it was an error in judgment that they used that sign,” she said.
The apology came hours after B’nai Brith Canada publicly denounced the appearance of the gesture at some of Quebec’s student protests.
In addition to the salute, chanting crowds have referred to local police officers as the “SS,” calling them fascists and comparing them to Nazi police.
Swastikas have also appeared on anti-police pamphlets being distributed.
While the gestures are meant as an insult to police — and not as any expression of support for Nazism —Jewish organizations said that’s no excuse.
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