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Toronto - Toronto Approves Far-right Rally On Charlottesville Anniversary

Published on: August 9, 2018 08:00 PM
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FILE - Virginia State Police inspect the site where a vehicle hit protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, 12 August 2017.EPAFILE - Virginia State Police inspect the site where a vehicle hit protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, 12 August 2017.EPA

Toronto - The city of Toronto will allow a far-right rally outside its City Hall on the anniversary of the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, despite concerns expressed by the Jewish community.

Several far-right, anti-immigration and nationalist groups are expected to participate in the event Saturday sponsored by the Calgary-based Worldwide Coalition Against Islam.

“This rally is intended to promote hatred and possibly violence on city property, which is in violation of the city’s own Hate Activity Policy and Procedures,” said Michael Mostyn, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada. “We condemn the rally’s organizers and requested that the City prevent such rallies from taking place on public property, both this week and in the future.”

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Omo Akintan, acting director of Equity, Diversity and Human Rights for Toronto, said in a statement Wednesday that the city shares B’nai Brith’s concerns but the rally would go on as scheduled.

“The City has a Hate Activity Policy with which users of public spaces are expected to comply. The policy prohibits use of City facilities and spaces for hate activity as defined in the Policy. We will continue to enforce the policy,” she said.

“The City will not tolerate, ignore, or condone illegal discrimination or harassment including any rally that incites hatred and/or violence against groups or persons.”

Canada’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs told the local media that reports indicate the rally will attract only a small gathering.

B’nai Brith said in a statement that it would “closely monitor” the rally. The group also said it had raised its concerns with Canadian law enforcement agencies and those responsible for threats to national security.

“We hope and pray that nothing even close to what happened in Charlottesville last year will be repeated in Toronto,” Mostyn said. “We can’t help but be concerned.”

The white supremacists who organized last year’s march in that Virginia city were denied a permit to reconvene there. However, they have been granted permission to gather in Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening at Lafayette Park, near the White House.

Sunday is Aug. 12, the day of the march last year that included outbreaks of violence and culminated in a car-ramming attack on counterprotesters that killed one person and injured at least 20.



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 Aug 09, 2018 at 08:54 PM hashomer Says:

Herr Trumpf did not condemn the nazi marchers in Charlottesville. He gave the green light to the brown shirts. Its on the record. The blackest of black marks on American history. He's the embodiment of rasha alt-right sewerage. SCHMUTZ.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 02:04 AM Anonymous Says:

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hashomer Says:

Herr Trumpf did not condemn the nazi marchers in Charlottesville. He gave the green light to the brown shirts. Its on the record. The blackest of black marks on American history. He's the embodiment of rasha alt-right sewerage. SCHMUTZ.

Sha Sha! Its Toronto now. Leave Trump alone. This is NOT the way to go. Too much hatred makes you old fast. Not good for your health. Take a pill and calm down.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 06:23 AM Anonymous Says:

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hashomer Says:

Herr Trumpf did not condemn the nazi marchers in Charlottesville. He gave the green light to the brown shirts. Its on the record. The blackest of black marks on American history. He's the embodiment of rasha alt-right sewerage. SCHMUTZ.

You are a liar. There is no record whatsoever of my President supporting Nazis.

Besides, this article is about Toronto, which, the last time I looked is not in the US.

Please tighten your straitjacket and take your meds, you will have to "suffer" through this until 2024, and then until 2032 when Pence takes over, and then 2040 when Haley takes over. We will be laughing at you all the way.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 08:51 AM yamsar Says:

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hashomer Says:

Herr Trumpf did not condemn the nazi marchers in Charlottesville. He gave the green light to the brown shirts. Its on the record. The blackest of black marks on American history. He's the embodiment of rasha alt-right sewerage. SCHMUTZ.

And not recognizing what Trump did and continues to do for the Zionist cause is the embodiment of a “hoont” feh.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 09:03 AM Anonymous Says:

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yamsar Says:

And not recognizing what Trump did and continues to do for the Zionist cause is the embodiment of a “hoont” feh.

Actually, more than that: kol hapogem, bemumo pogem. And crazy hashomer has been calling my President a Nazi for a long time.

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 11:14 AM Educated Archy Says:

People tend to lump, together all right wing white supremacy groups as one. It all depends what their anger is about. Is it about muslims who want us dead? Or is it against innocent jews?

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 Aug 10, 2018 at 01:33 PM Anonymous Says:

All of you who voted for Trump, and continue to support him, have tacitly endorsed white supremacy, the Alt-Right movement, and hate. Are you dull-witted or self-hating Jews? ALL white supremacist groups are antisemitic. Don't be too comfortable because Kushner is 'in the family.' Eventually, Jews will be blamed for the entire disaster of this administration. Hate begets hate. Remember who you are and where you came from.

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