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31 January 2017 - Quebec City Mosque Shooting

Canadians show solidarity with victims of Quebec mosque shooting in solemn vigils across country
The Canadian Press (The National Post, 31/01/2017)

Roseline Bouchard wept quietly as she stood in the front row at a Quebec City vigil Monday just down the street from a mosque that was the scene of a deadly shooting that grabbed the world’s attention.

In front of Bouchard, religious and political leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, condemned a massacre that left six men dead and wounded 19.

Behind her, a huge crowd of hundreds of people came together in the biting cold to grieve and to show their support for the Muslim community.

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"Blame [insert desired scapegoat]"
 
How to make a tragedy fit your desired narrative: Robyn Urback
Robyn Urback (CBC News, 30/01/2017)
 
There were a good 12 hours when detached observers of the deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque — which left six people dead and several injured — were quietly praying that the perpetrator or perpetrators would be either white and Christian or brown and Muslim, depending on which square peg of a political narrative they had waiting.

Twelve hours was more than enough time for benighted skeptics to declare some sort of conspiracy in the works, seeing as it had been hours since two individuals had been arrested and Quebec police still hadn't released their names. Was it possible that police were hiding their identities because they didn't fit the narrative the left was crafting about a hate crime by whites against Muslims? (Spoiler: No. Quebec police often wait to release names until people are formally charged.)

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Online Troll
 
Quebec City mosque attack suspect known as online troll inspired by French far-right
Les Perreaux and Eric Andrew-Gee (The Globe and Mail, 30/01/2017)
 
The suspect in the deadly attack on a Quebec City mosque was known in the city’s activist circles as an online troll who was inspired by extreme right-wing French nationalists, stood up for U.S. President Donald Trump and was against immigration to Quebec – especially by Muslims.

Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, a student at Laval University, grew up on a quiet crescent in the Cap-Rouge suburb of Quebec City and lived in an apartment a few kilometres away.

His online profile and school friendships revealed little interest in extremist politics until last March, when France’s far-right National Front Leader Marine Le Pen visited Quebec City, inspiring Mr. Bissonnette to vocal extreme online activism, according to people who clashed with him starting around this time.

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Charges
 
Quebec mosque attack suspect faces 11 charges
Catherine Solyom (Toronto Sun, 30/01/2017)
 
Handcuffed in the prisoner's box, Alexandre Bissonnette bowed his head as the charges against him were read out late Monday after a shooting spree at a Quebec City Mosque that has shaken the community, Muslims and non-Muslims alike:

Six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder using a restricted firearm.

Though police and politicians have spoken of terrorism since the 27-year-old student allegedly opened fire just after the last prayers on Sunday, Bissonnette was not charged with any terrorism-related offences.

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Last update January 31, 2017
Créé le January 31, 2017
ISSN 2107-7029
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