Sunday, November 27, 2016

Montreal Anti-Facists Shut Down Far-Right Concert

Well, in the midst of working on an upcoming article on McKee's Blood & Honour in Calgary, we received some welcome news in an entirely different part of the country.
Le concert d'un groupe d'extrême-droite à Montréal annulé 
Publié le 26 novembre 2016 à 17h17 | Mis à jour le 26 novembre 2016 à 21h09
We have someone who said that he would be willing to do translations for us so this may be more precise in a future update (now updated), but here is the gist of it:
The performance on Saturday night by the far-right metal group Graveland at the Plaza Theater was canceled according to the Facebook page about an hour before the performance was to have begun. 
The organizers of the festival reported taking this decision "for security reasons". They added that the owners of the Plaza Theatre and they had "done everything that was in their power to reach a solution."
The arrival of this group whose members had already expressed racist and anti-Semitic remarks in an interview sowed controversy. Groups had demanded the cancellation of the concert organized as part of a metal rock music festival. 
A few hours before the show, thirty people had gathered in front of the Beaubien metro station, located near the theater, to protest against the group's visit.
Among the protesters was the MP for Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, NDP Alexandre Boulerice, whose district is located in the neighborhood where the show was to take place.
"I am concerned that there may be groups who have affinities with fascism or have about that resemble white supremacism that are here in my riding in Montreal," he explained.
A more complete account can be found here.

Suffice it to say, boneheads feel aggrieved!

Aggrieved, I tell's ya!

You know, I've a feeling that Montreal anti-fascist groups aren't all that worried. I further expect that they are going to continue being among the most active and successful anti-fascist movements in North America.

But that's just my take on the situation.

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