Threats against mosques, mayors leads to ar­rest

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

A 57-year-old Que­bec man was ar­rested early Thurs­day for al­legedly threat­en­ing two mayors, in­clud­ing one who has been in the news re­cently for en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to sup­port and un­der­stand Mus­lims.

Sher­brooke po­lice al­leged the man threat­ened the city’s mayor, Bernard Se­vi­gny, as well as Que­bec City Mayor Regis Labeaume, as they watched a hockey game Wed­nes­day night.

The two lead­ers were es­corted out of the arena. Po­lice also said the man al­legedly threat­ened to at­tack mosques in the Sher­brooke re­gion. He was ar­rested in an apart­ment af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion with po­lice.

“As you un­der­stand we in­ter­vened very quickly, and the man strongly re­sisted ar­rest and hit po­lice of­fi­cers,” Sher­brooke po­lice spokesman Martin Car­rier said.

At a news con­fer­ence, Se­vi­gny said he’d never felt his life was in dan­ger but that author­i­ties took the threat “very se­ri­ously” in light of the deadly mosque shoot­ings in Que­bec City on Jan. 29.

“There’s zero tol­er­ance for peo­ple who make these kind of threats,” he said. “We will re­spond rapidly and de­ploy all the nec­es­sary man­power, and that’s what we’ve done here.”

Labeaume has been highly vis­i­ble in the aftermath of the mosque at­tack that killed six men. He spoke at two fu­ner­als for the vic­tims and was clearly emo­tional as he dis­cussed the need to em­brace the Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

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