Ryan Thorpe has published the name of the individual responsible for the posters found in Winnipeg recruiting people to join The Base, a secretive and violent hate group with links to Atomwaffen Division:
The man who is recruiting in Winnipeg for a neo-Nazi paramilitary group holds a leadership position in the Canadian Army Reserve and is a trained explosives expert. https://t.co/FhzpCmLzme— Ryan Thorpe (@rk_thorpe) August 19, 2019This is like finding a member of ISIS in the Canadian Armed Forces. In fact, it's the second time in two years that a member of a neo-Nazi death cult has been found in the reserves.
Time for the CAF to take this seriously.https://t.co/q33IVyiWhp— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) August 19, 2019
The individual discussed in the story has shut down his Facebook profile.... but he wasn't fast enough:
Meet Cpl. Patrik Mathews, working out of the Minto and McGregor armouries in Winnipeg:
Mathews is a trained combat engineer, which makes him an explosives expert, and is an active member of the army reserve. Combat engineers are responsible for conducting a number of construction and demolition tasks under battle conditions. As a master corporal, he is considered to be in a leadership position and oversees and instructs privates who work under him.UPDATE: I'm guessing Patrik has had better days.
Military, RCMP investigating Winnipeg neo-Nazi army reserves leader https://t.co/MVtzJ79XJ2— Winnipeg Free Press (@WinnipegNews) August 20, 2019
Before he shut it down ARC was able to do a bit of a deep dive into his Facebook profile finding a few interesting things.
For example, seems Mathews is a supporter of Donald Trump and Bernier's PPC:
He is also a fan of Fireforce Ventures, an online store glorifying the apartheid state of Rhodesia profiled by Ricochet which had active CF members engaged in racist banter (and which one Keean Bexte, now a "Rebel Media" personality was involved with):
We also found something that turned out to be rather ironic.
Two days ago we mentioned that Mathews had a number of Twitter accounts and discussed one of those accounts, The Sober Philosopher, in some detail. A second account, PunishedPhilosopher, was used also used to harass antifascists:
He also made similar threats of violence:
However it is this one that jumped out for me:
It jumped out because it seems that Mathews didn't always feel this way:
First, she could (and hopefully has) done better.
Second, I wonder if Mathews told other members of The Base that he was at one time romantically involved with a woman of colour?
I end this by noting that hate groups like Atomwaffen, The Base, and others like them like to believe they act in a cloak of anonymity. That they can plan, encourage, and (in some cases) commit acts of violence without being concerned about the consequences feeling they are untouchable while trying to create a climate of fear for those they deem as the enemy.
The anonymity of at least this member lasted a little over two weeks, and while we are still looking for the person putting up The Base posters in Saskatchewan who is also rumored to be a CF employee, that person should probably be very, very, worried right about now.
For anyone else considering joining groups like this, this should give you some pause for thought.
Letter in today’s Toronto Star. Please ask your local federal candidate what their Party proposes to do. @HarjitSajjan @CanadianArmy @antihateca @ARCCollective pic.twitter.com/tJ2ufn35kx— BernieFarber (@BernieFarber) August 19, 2019
PRESS RELEASE: Anti racists speak out as supporters of fascist Robinson cancel planned march in disarray
A march by supporters of jailed fascist ‘Tommy Robinson’ (real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) planned for this Saturday, 24 August, has been cancelled. Since Robinson was sent to Belmarsh prison, Saturday would have seen the second demonstration by his far right and fascist supporters this month, following events on 3 August when around 800 anti fascist protesters united to outnumber just 300 of them.
Stand Up To Racism had called another counter protest for this Saturday, in opposition to all forms of racism, Islamophobia and Antisemitism, which is now called off as a result of Robinson’s supporters’ cancelled mobilisation. … Read the rest
The Las Vegas suspect, whose plans look to have been known of and perhaps assisted by the international members of the Atomwaffen-affiliated Feuerkrieg Division, also had a connection to a Barrie, ON man who was profiled on the blog. And earlier this month ARC and other groups became aware of another violent, and perhaps more dangerous, group in Canada:
The screen shot comes from the now deleted Gab profile for The Base, a secretive hate group that has been recruiting members in the United States, engaging in survivalist and combat training, and preparing to attack targets with the goal of helping to create conditions for a societal collapse from which their members and like minded individuals will emerge to create their vision of a whites only society. Those considered undesirable -- racial minorities, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ -- as well as white who don't subscribe to the racist ideology and are thus deemed traitors, would be eliminated.
As journalists Mack Lamoureux and Ben Makuch noted in a Vice story published Friday morning The Base is also now active in Canada:
Been monitoring The Base (neo-Nazi extremists): evidence shows it's recruiting across the US and Canada and already undertaking live-fire paramilitary camps. One set of images shows them shooting a target with the Star of David. https://t.co/ulqL8szqTY w @MackLamoureux for @VICE— Ben Makuch (@BMakuch) August 16, 2019
Those of us who keep an eye on hate groups were already aware that groups like The Base could be active in Canada and we had seen some indications of some level of paramilitary activity. It wasn't until the posters started showing up that it was confirmed however:
These posters started showing up in Winnipeg and Saskatchewan earlier this month. Myself and groups such as Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, FF1, and the Canadian Anti-Hate Network (among many others) have been trying to figure out who might be responsible. On Friday Ryan Thorpe of "The Winnipeg Free Press" published a story detailing how he was able to gain access to the group and learn the identity of the Winnipeg recruiter:
Homegrown hate on the front of Saturday's @WinnipegNews #wfp pic.twitter.com/vTG7IYPGjf— Winnipeg Free Press (@WinnipegNews) August 17, 2019
Online, he goes by the names Dave Arctorum and "coincidence detector" (a reference to a Google Chrome extension used by anti-Semites to identify Jewish-sounding names in news articles). He said his real first name was Patrick and that he was 26 years old. He said he grew up in the countryside and at some point lived in Winnipeg, but now resides in Beausejour. He later said his father owned land near Lundar.....Recently, he’s begun putting up flyers that attempt to intimidate and threaten local anti-fascist activists. He claimed to have joined the military out of high school, training as a combat engineer, but indicated he plans to leave the military soon because he feels he can no longer "serve the ZOG."....During his years in the military, he said he tried to turn other soldiers onto neo-Nazism and felt he had made progress with two individuals. Patrick also revealed that in addition to his social-media accounts, which promote his political views, he set up multiple other accounts to spread misinformation among local anti-fascist activists. At one point in the conversation, which lasted roughly an hour-and-a-half, he said in a well-ordered society such activists would be dragged out of their homes and "strung up." He also discussed plans to find the addresses and phone numbers of these people and post them publicly....."At this point it is the system that is fomenting armed (white nationalist) revolution, not us. We tried the peaceful route. The system closed it off at every turn. Now the system shall reap what it has sown. I’ll leave it at that," he wrote. "At this point it is the system that is fomenting armed (white nationalist) revolution, not us. We tried the peaceful route. The system closed it off at every turn. Now the system shall reap what it has sown. I’ll leave it at that," he wrote.While we don't know Patrick's Patrik's last name, ARC and others did learn at least a few of Patrik's online identities including this one:
Patrick, the neo-Nazi terrorist group member, says "social media will be a wonderful record for figuring out what surviving whites get the rope." The first three accounts Patrick followed on Twitter are us, @ARCCollective and @ebalgord. For context: rope = murder by hanging.— Canadian Anti-Hate Network (@antihateca) August 17, 2019Read more »
Well, funny story....
He's a keeper alright....
The video, taken by her victim, Farhan Rana, quickly went viral and many people condemned the behaviour, including Scheer himself.
However, people quickly realized something wasn't right. When they dug into her history, it became clear she did not have the type of social media footprint one would expect of an overt racist. Davidson, who is originally from South Africa, seems to have an affinity for Latin American cultures. She claims to have studied at both the University of Guelph and UBC, worked as a journalist in Guadalajara, and has an interesting blog of stories based on her life and travels. She recently participated in a literary event hosted by Carolyn Bennet, and has a YouTube channel of her efforts to learn the guitar.
As eagerly reported by The Post Millennial, (more on them later), Davidson declares her political interests as being substantially left of centre on her couchsurfing profile.
Judging by Davidson's accomplishments, she is smart and driven. At the age of 25, she opened a Venezuelan restaurant called El Arepazo with her then boyfriend, Luis Vega, in Kensington Market. It did quite well for a while and even won a Now Magazine award in 2017.
Vega, however, was a bit of a hothead and got into the news for his own viral video of assaulting a graffiti artist outside his restaurant in 2015. Apparently he was attempting to make a citizen's arrest.
In addition to assault, he also decided to badmouth his suppliers online, and at one point used Talya's Now Magazine account to do so. This comment garnered a response claiming that Vega is homophobic and that anyone who is LGBTQ, or considers themselves an ally, should boycott El Arepazo. Davidson did not appreciate all of this and asked Now to remove Vega's comment.
The most controversial post I found of hers was another Now comment where she compares the hijab to a bra. My first take on it was admittedly not favourable, but upon reflection I can see that while it is awkward, it wasn't intended to cause harm.
So, how does a bright, driven, left-leaning person who is concerned with her social media footprint end up hurling racist insults and writing stuff like this on Facebook?
As expected by many, Davidson was ordered by the court to have a psychiatric evaluation at CAMH, and for the moment, that is the extent of the answers the public has about the case.
Certain media outlets -- mainstream and otherwise -- and racist extremists jumped on this story between the video going viral and Davidson's transfer to CAMH. What follows are but a few screenshots of an avalanche of stomach-churning Tweets from people who were determined to mould the story to their liking.
First up is Paul Fromm. Before much was known about Davidson beyond the viral video, Fromm claimed that, despite all evidence to the contrary, there was no hate, no crime, and most certainly no hate crime here. It was just "bad manners," and, of course, it is really our diverse society that's at fault.
But once people started digging in, things got really out of hand, starting with supposedly mainstream publications, like The National Post, that ran a headline quoting Michelle Rempel saying the attack was staged.
The article does condemn Davidson's actions, but the headline fans the conspiracy theory flames that this was a hoax. Others went much farther, including The Post Millennial who blamed the mainstream press for falling for an elaborate trick.
Ezra Levant jumped on the hoax bandwagon too, because of course he did. This is apparently what passes for "telling the other side of the story."
And then there is Faith Goldy's fan club, I.D. Canada. Apparently, we need to "wake up."
The articles, Tweets and posts promoting the hoax narrative were unrelenting. They were nauseating to read because they added another layer of insult to Rana's experience by claiming he was either to blame, or in on the conspiracy with Davidson.
The racist attack Rana experienced was very real, and I cannot imagine how seeing Tweets like Bexte's made him feel. Davidson will be back in court on September 12th. Here's hoping the discussion around this case will become more productive and compassionate soon.
Marc Lemire will not return to work for the city following investigation: sources. https://t.co/ULDqCSeJs1 #HamOnt pic.twitter.com/pPgYJwP7SP— CBC Hamilton (@CBCHamilton) August 16, 2019
Sources say Lemire won’t be coming back, but for lots of us questions remain about how a known Neo-nazi got hired and may have been deliberately hidden at the City for years. It’s possible that other employees should face discipline. https://t.co/onIVxxtNxJ #CanLab #HamOnt #OnLab— Sarah Molyneaux (@Sarah_Molyneaux) August 16, 2019
Right to the end, Lemire continued to deny his long-time involvement with the Heritage Front, involvement that ranged from simple membership early on, work on the hate group's website and later hosting it and numerous other hate sites, and finally the leadership of the hate group. This is all outlined in "Marc Lemire: A Summary of Information" that includes links to article written about Lemire's involvement in organized hate.
While the removal of Lemire is positive, there are still a lot of questions regarding his employment and why he appears to have been protected by Hamilton government officials. We also still have questions about his access to sensitive information and whether that information could have been shared with his fellow travelers.
With Boris Johnson as Prime Minster, an ally of Donald Trump in the Whitehouse we need to build antiracist resistance more than ever
We stand firmly with the four congresswomen attacked by Trump, and for all those who are suffering the fallout of the policies of Trump and the Tories, from refugees, to migrants, to the citizens affected by the Windrush scandal. … Read the rest
Goldy has become polarizing even for members of the far right. There are those out there who venerate her as a sort of virgin "Madonna of the Rocks" figure and those who came to loathe her for"selling out by trying to appeal to "the ethnics" during her Toronto mayoral campaign; her alleged relationship with Richard Spencer might have answered the virgin part.
I'm here all week folks! Try the veal and make sure you tip your server!
In any case, we have an instance now where people have taken a firm side on the argument.
Despite his recent humiliation and groveling apology, Rob Banerjee still has to Ron Banerjee. He's still active in anti-Muslim protests and his Hindu nationalism has perhaps become even more overt of late.
He also continues to style himself as Canada's #1 Trump fan and defender:
When Faith Goldy was critical of Indian and Chinese immigrants in some of her last Twitter posts, well, Banerjee went on the attack using Trump as a hustification. This resulted in an extended argument by a few others but especially one Ryan Walker who I've seen posting on numerous extremist Facebook groups
Now this thread was quite mild compared to what came later as Walker posted this on Banerjee's wall:
Yep, 220 comments.
I'm not about to re-post ALL of them, however the ones I will post are instructive. To summarize Banerjee continues to troll, write about the superiority of Hindus and Hindu culture, attack Muslims, and claim that women find him desirable. Ryan Walker and his supporters continue to state that non-Europeans need to "go home", quote white supremacists such as William Pierce, echo Trump's language ("go back where you come from" and "shithole countries"), hint at a violent "purge" of non-European Canadians as being imminent, and then threaten to find and harm Banerjee who bravely provides them with an obviously false address claiming that he's not afraid of them.
It really is quite the show:
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