Montreal police nab man who treatened to kill Muslims in Quebec

By Levon Sevunts | Radio-Canada International
November 18, 2015

A 24-year-old man is expected to appear in court in Montreal on Wednesday afternoon to face several charges for allegedly threatening to kill Arabs and Muslims in Quebec.

He is expected to be charged with uttering threats, public incitement of hatred and a terrorism hoax, Montreal police spokesman Cst. André Leclerc told Radio Canada International.

The threats were made in a Youtube video showing a man wearing a Halloween mask of The Joker, the psychotic killer in the popular Hollywood blockbusters Batman and The Dark Night. Brandishing a pistol, the man in the video threatened to kill Muslims and Arabs.

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Amira Elghawaby, a spokesperson for the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), said Canadian Muslims “are definitely in a heightened state of awareness”.

The NCCM, which tracks anti-Muslim incedents across Canada, has documented 40 cases so far this year. That’s almost twice as much as in 2014, which saw 22 incidents.