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Man with sword stopped by stun gun outside Islamic centre

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Police arrested a 47-year-old man early Tuesday morning who was caught trying to vandalizing a Rosemont Islamic community centre.

It’s the fifth time since April that same mosque has been targeted.

An Islamic community centre in Montreal’s East-End had an axe thrown through its window with an anti-Muslim note attached to it just after Monday night’s provincial election. The note also said “F— Liberals,” the winning party. (Willy Lowry/CBC)

Police say the man attempted to throw a Molotov cocktail through a window of the Assahaba Islamic Community Centre at the corner of Bélanger Street and 23rd Avenue before threatening officers with a sword. Police used a stun gun to subdue the man before arresting him and then transporting him to hospital.

Const. Simon Delorme described the man as a white Quebecer who may be a member of an extremist organization.

He said police were staking out the community centre this morning, following another incident over the weekend. That’s when police saw the suspect try to attack the centre.

“Then they start to follow this man and ask for backup. When they try to arrest the man [he took] out a sword and was threatening the police officers,” said Delorme.

Five attacks since April

Police had started surveillance on the community centre because of multiple attacks over the past six weeks. An axe was thrown through the centre’s window on April 8 with anti-Liberal and anti-Muslim messages attached.

In mid-April, a letter containing white powder was sent to the community centre’s director, Adil Charkaoui. That envelope is still being analyzed.

Charkaoui told CBC Daybreak host Mike Finnerty Tuesday morning that the letter also contained death threats against him personally.

“They have lists of people to kill and they put my name first,” he told Daybreak.

Last week, an item was thrown through one of the building’s windows with the message, “Kill Islam,” according to members of the centre. Then its front door was broken over the weekend.

“It’s a small mosque in a quiet area,” Salam Elmenyawi, president of the Muslim Council of Montreal, said on CBC’s Daybreak on Monday. “To receive these kinds of attacks is of deep concern to us.”

He said the people who attend the community centre are frightened by the attacks and called on Premier Philippe Couillard to denounce the acts.

“It creates a kind of anguish within the people who frequent the mosque. Because of this we need to show support and also we need the political leadership to show that there is a political will to fight any of these kinds of actions,” Elmenyawi said.

Charkaoui pleased with police help

Charkaoui, a Morocco-born Muslim who settled in Montreal with his family in 1995, is the community centre’s director. He’s also a somewhat controversial figure.

He was the subject of a security certificate issued in 2003 and spent more than six years under suspicion of being an al-Qaeda sleeper agent. He was detained for 21 months and when released, had to wear an electronic GPS bracelet until the certificate was cancelled in 2009. However, Charkaoui always maintained his innocence and successfully challenged the Canadian government at the Supreme Court twice.

Montreal police said investigators are looking at all possible angles, including whether this particular community centre was targeted because of its connection to Charkaoui.

He said the police reacted promptly and added more patrols in the neighbourhood around the community centre.

“It was very good collaboration,” Charkaoui said.

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13 Comments »

  1. wow, I thought we only had to deal with hateful right-wingers here in the states. D:

  2. wow, I thought we only had to deal with hateful right-wingers here in the states. D:

  3. i’m sorry, but why hasn’t this man been branded a terrorist? he had weapons that could harm many people at once, and was committing a hate crime. is it because he is white?

  4. Well said Kate!!!

  5. “…who may be a member of an extremist organization.” Or may be just individually crazy and sick.

  6. Quebec, as a province, is the most racist, bigoted & islamophobic province in Canada. They probably take this from their close ties with France, a country renown for being anti-immigrants and racist all-together.

    The election that happened on the 7th of April and was declared by the Partie Quebecois (PQ), the party in power at that time with a minority government. They called these elections because the polls were showing that they had a majority support and taught they would win the majority government needed in order to ban the islamic veil, the jewish kippa and the sikh turban from all the jobs in the public sector including hospitals, secretary positions, etc. The Canadian government and all the other provinces of Canada condemned the PQ government plan to ban the religious garments from jobs in the public sector. Fortunately for us, they lost the election with the worst results they ever had since the early 70s.
    This law that they wanted to implement had been thrown away by the new government in place (the liberals).

  7. Oh come on people. This is America. People have the right to practice their religion. Stop acts of violence NOW!

  8. But still fox news will blame MUSLIM for that and call it “Islam is full of HATE”

  9. If anything FOX news is full of hate!

  10. Just sad….

  11. Just sad….

  12. The world is filling with such bullshits……and they are never gonna be called terrorists….why?
    Are not they terrifying people!
    How strange this thinking is.

  13. Wow. This is cartoonishly racist, and will probably be used to further restrict peoples freedoms. “Fuck liberals” Really?

    I’m sorry but are you people all so naive as to think that this wasn’t purposefully slanted to make right-wing politics look bad? Are you all so dense as to think that everyone claiming to be a liberal or conservative is ACTUALLY a liberal or conservative?

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