Yellow Vests Canada: The far right go high visibility - 2018-12-17
A press release from the Canadian Anti Hate Network, a nonprofit that seeks to monitor, research, and counter hate groups, shared screenshots of violent threats being made within the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook group. Ricochet has confirmed that such threats were commonplace in the group. Threats were directed towards Canadian politicians, Muslims, Antifa (anti-racist activists), and police. Additionally, commentary that conveyed racist sentiments, including anti-immigrant statements, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia, was common in the group.
Anti-racist community organizers also claimed on social media that a key administrator of the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook group, a Toronto resident named Tyler (Marc) Malenfant, has been linked to advocacy for white nationalism. Screenshots of conversations in which Malenfant appears to espouse white nationalist views were published in 2015 by Anti-Racist Canada (ARC), a public interest research project monitoring the extreme right in Canada. Malenfant did not respond to requests to clarify his past comments by press time.
On Sunday Dec. 16, ARC posted a detailed examination of threatening posts made in the Yellow Vests Canada Facebook group.