Hat­ter charged with in­cit­ing ha­tred

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - BY JEREMY APPELL — South­ern Al­berta News­pa­pers

A Medicine Hat man has been charged with in­cit­ing ha­tred, as well as firearms of­fences, af­ter a lo­cal busi­ness owner re­ported to po­lice on July 31 see­ing him in pos­ses­sion of Cana­dian cur­rency with anti-Semitic slo­gans printed on it.

Po­lice found sev­eral $5, $20 and $50 bills with “Jewish white geno­cide” and “ZOG” marked on them in a back­pack.

White geno­cide is a con­spir­acy the­ory that im­mi­grants are be­ing brought to Canada to elim­i­nate the white race, while ZOG stands for “Zion­ist Oc­cu­pied Gov­ern­ment,” which posits that a ca­bal of Zion­ist Jews se­cretly con­trol the gov­ern­ment.

Upon ar­rest­ing Loki Hul­gaard, 35, and ex­e­cut­ing a search war­rant, po­lice found nu­mer­ous com­put­ers, USB drives, white su­prem­a­cist lit­er­a­ture, four firearms, two of which were high-pow­ered ri­fles with se­rial num­bers re­moved, more than 1,200 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion, high ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines and stick­ers that read “Im­mi­gra­tion = White Geno­cide.”

Po­lice also found the stamps used to mark the cur­rency with the anti-Semitic slo­gans. Posters with that slo­gan were found this sum­mer at the Fifth Av­enue United Church, which the rev­erend promptly re­ported to the po­lice.

MHPS Insp. Tim McGough says po­lice will be look­ing through the com­put­ers and USB drives to see if the two in­ci­dents are con­nected.

“This doesn’t just hap­pen on a whim,” he said as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. “We’ve also been in­ves­ti­gat­ing nu­mer­ous stick­ers that have been posted through­out the city, so we’ve been try­ing to lo­cate this in­di­vid­ual and try­ing to fig­ure out who he is and what he was up to.”

Hul­gaard faces 14 charges in to­tal — one count of in­cit­ing ha­tred in pub­lic, two of possess­ing a firearm with the se­rial num­ber re­moved, four of un­safe stor­age of a firearm, three of possess­ing a pro­hib­ited de­vice and four of unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

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