Quebecer arrested for spreading hate

Quebecer arrested for spreading hate
Last Updated: Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 4:41 PM ET
CBC News
Quebec provincial police have arrested a second person this week for allegedly spreading hate on the Internet.

A 28-year-old man faces charges of broadcasting hate propaganda, through Youtube.

Police allege the man used the popular video-sharing site, as well as networking sites Twitter and Facebook, to spread hateful commentary on different ethnic groups and visible minorities.

Provincial police Sgt. Claude Ross says a citizen's complaint in January spurred the investigation.

Police seized a computer at the suspect's home, as well as Nazi flags and shirts as well as propaganda material.

Ross says the two arrests for similar crimes in a matter of days is merely coincidental.

A 17-year-old was arrested earlier this week in the northeastern Quebec town of Sept-Îles, for using his Facebook page to allegedly spread hate.

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Some commentators have speculated that the recent arrests of 2 people in Quebec for using Youtube to broadcast hate may be due to police forces taking hate crimes more seriously. In our view, this is misleading. Police forces will take hate crime seriously if they are forced to. Don't make the mistake of thinking there are no good cops. There are. But not enough resources are put into investigating more crimes as motivated by hate and not enough Crown Counsel or Judges are informed enough about hate crime to make a difference. Take Vancouver for example. Vancouver has the highest number of hate crimes in the country simply because not enough is being done about hate crime.