It takes two to tangle . . .
Is that what U.S. President Donald Trump was trying to say with his controversial statement about the ugly incidents in Charlottesville, Va., last week?
I suspect it was, and that he wasn’t trying to absolve the individual who drove a car into crowds of people.
Whatever the case, it seems Quebec City police were keeping that old maxim in mind today (Sunday, Aug. 20) when they prepared for two demonstrations: one by a far-right group called La Meute protesting against the influx of Haitian migrants from the U.S. crossing illegally into Canada, the other by an anti-fascist group protesting against the far-right group.
In light of what occurred in Charlottesville, few people in Quebec thought Sunday’s rallies would be peaceful if the two groups came face to face. So, the police had the far-right group delay their rally and made them wait in a public garage while the anti-fascist group held its rally.
It proved to be a wise move by the police. The demonstration by the anti-fascist group — hundreds supposedly there to protest against hate and prejudice — turned ugly, with participants committing acts of violence and vandalism. They taunted police officers and threw things at them.
When the anti-fascist group’s demo was over, La Meute — about 200 people — emerged to hold a quiet, peaceful demonstration, and declared victory afterward. They felt they got their point across and claimed they are not racists.
So how is it that the right-wingers were peaceful, and the left-wingers were violent?
And what might have happened if these left-wingers had been able to attack La Meute?
Kudos to the Quebec City police for preventing another Charlottesville by making sure the two sides didn’t have the opportunity to tangle.
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