Sunday, July 14, 2019

Far-Right Extremist Groups and Hate Crime Rates Are Growing in Canada

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Neo-Nazi groups in the United States are the focus of Documenting Hate and Documenting Hate: New American Nazis, both documentaries from The Passionate Eye. The result of a year-long investigation, these films put a spotlight on some of the groups behind the deadly violence in the U.S., how their acts have gone unpunished and how they have continued to operate.

But experts say Canadians should also be concerned about the rise of hate groups in this country. There are, at minimum, 130 active far-right extremist groups across Canada according to Barbara Perry, a professor and expert on hate crime — a 30 per cent increase, she says, from 2015.

Most of these groups are organized around ideologies against certain religions and races, with anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiments being the most common, followed by hatred for immigrants, Indigenous people, women, LGBTQ communities and other minority groups.

Perry says multiple so-called alt-right rallies happen in Canada every week and that hate groups here have recently been forming coalitions. “It’s reflective of Charlottesville’s ‘Unite the Right,’” Perry says. “It shows a disturbing trend: that they have solidarity and a real movement with a shared vision.”  (more...)

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