Man arrested for anti-Islamic vandalism in Sherbrooke

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Sherbrooke Police arrested a man Thursday in connection with anti-Islamic vandalism in the Sherbrooke area that has targeted a Halal butcher shop since last July.

"I am happy things have calmed down, since the arrest was made, I hope it stays that way," said Abdelbari Souibgui, owner of Tiba Halal Butcher Shop on Denault street.

Souibgui said he believed the acts of vandalism were linked to the proposed charter of values, because they were not isolated cases and before the debate began he never lived though situations like this.

Sherbrooke police said they found pro-charter and anti-Islamic posters in the 52-year-old man's home when they arrested him Thursday.

Christian crosses, drugs and a computer were also confiscated.

The man was charged with public incitement of hatred and mischief relating to religious property, after allegedly vandalizing the butcher shop and a mosque multiple times.

The windows of the butcher shop were reportedly broken several times, with gun shots.

He was scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.

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  1. George73 posted on 02/14/2014 03:43 PM
    Let me guess. There will be no public statement from Drainville denouncing this alleged act of racism.
  2. Dom posted on 02/14/2014 03:58 PM
    I hope pauline is happy. It's so sad, but it was only a matter of time before things like this start coming to light. The owner of this butcher shop said it himself, prior to the revealing of this charter, he had NO problems.
  3. Kendrick A. posted on 02/14/2014 04:59 PM
    Well done Sherbrooke police! Xenophobic hate has no place in our country or in La Belle Province!
  4. Kendrick A. posted on 02/14/2014 04:59 PM
    Well done Sherbrooke police! Xenophobic hate has no place in our country or in La Belle Province!
  5. Murray posted on 02/14/2014 08:15 PM
    This man would be the perfect chauffeur for Drainville. Hire him fast before the Societe St Jean Baptist does!
  6. Sic posted on 02/16/2014 10:51 AM
    The pq and the charter of BS , bringing Quebeckers together .
  7. Simon Templar posted on 02/20/2014 12:48 PM
    Want to hear something really disturbing? This man was a member of a small but radical group who call themselves 'Insoumis' (ie. those who have not submitted), According to the group's facebook page, guess who else are members of the same group.

    -Martine Ouellet (Minister of Natural Resources and Wildlife)
    -Stéphane Bergeron (Minister of Public Safety)
    - Maka Kotto (Minister of Culture)

    Were these hig-ranking ministers aware of this man's existence? Probably not, but the fact they belong to such an extreme group in indicative.
  8. Flaming Star of Hollywood Beach posted on 02/21/2014 07:16 AM
    How Come Department:

    How is it we two bilingual Anglos have been sharing a house with a French Quebec family for the last two weeks without issue? How come we never met this family before? How come we shook hands the first day and made friends like we were neighbours at home? How come we mingle on the beach with thousands of Québécois snowbirds speaking both languages, laughing and playing bocce? How come everyone gets along here? How come every time I tune into CJAD Or the Journal, it's all about Drainville or Marois scolding another anti charter group about how they should behave? What kind of mini fake world are the separatists trying to build?

    I am so ralphing tired of bullies. Adult bullies. Bullies we teach our children to avoid, stand up to, bullies that are little cowards behind closed doors.

    We tell each other this too will pass. Quebeckers, we are better than a list of exclusionary charter proposals.
    Montreal is a multicultural city. We get along with each other. We are better than the phony crap this charter embraces.

    Vote these little Napoleans out.
  9. ric posted on 02/21/2014 01:41 PM
    Because this piece of trash is probably a separatist, he will be protected by the pq. He'll get a suspended sentence and a few hours in the community. BET ON IT.
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