Wednesday, August 23, 2017

After Charlottesville, Canada's spy agency expresses 'concern' about far-right

March for Strife?
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is expressing concerns about far-right extremism in the wake of a racially motivated protest in Charlottesville, Virginia that turned deadly.

A spokeswoman for the Canadian spy agency made the comments in response to questions from National Observer about reports that some Canadians participated in the Charlottesville protests, alongside neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other white supremacist extremists.

A 32-year old woman, Heather Heyer, was killed in Charlottesville after a car drove into a group of anti-racists. A 20-year-old man from Ohio who is believed to have Nazi sympathies, James Alex Fields Jr., has been charged with second degree murder in connection Heyer's death.

CSIS declined to respond to a question about whether it was tracking the travels of far-right extremists. It also declined to comment directly about the Charlottesville protests. But the federal agency confirmed that it was in touch with its Canadian and international partners regarding far-right extremists.

“Any group or individual who sees violence as a legitimate form of political expression, including those who support right-wing extremism, is of concern to us,” said Tahera Mufti, the CSIS spokeswoman.  (more...)


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