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Montreal - Student Federation Says Sorry For Nazi Salutes

Published on: June 13, 2012 05:31 PM
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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.”

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“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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 Jun 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM Not-Buying-It Says:

One only has to read the comments in the Gazette article to see the TRUE intention of the student supporters. Claiming Israel is like the Nazis, that Jews exploit the Holocaust and other anti-Semitic diatribes, to know that this apology is paper thin.

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 06:26 PM shredready Says:

they must have heard about the cheredie protests in Israel

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 Jun 13, 2012 at 07:10 PM Aryeh Says:

Sorry, but Quebec is virulently anti-Semetic, and Xenophobic in general. Not buying this...

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 Jun 15, 2012 at 01:28 PM Shtarker Says:

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Aryeh Says:

Sorry, but Quebec is virulently anti-Semetic, and Xenophobic in general. Not buying this...

I'm from Quebec, sir, and your statement is not true and ignorant. Quebecers have one of the most progressive and accepting societies in North America. Unfortunately, every society has anti-semites, and Quebec is no different, but Jews have thrived there and continue to thrive.

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