Separatist rally still on, despite threats: organizer

The poster for Friday night's event at the Petit Medley bar.

The organizers of a pro-Quebec independence rally set for Friday night at a St. Hubert St. pub say their night will go on, in spite of some Facebook threats.

The Réseau de Résistance des Québécois, which is organizing the rally and concert at the Petit Medley pub, released a snippet of a Facebook conversation from April 27, during which a Facebook poster named Steve Karmazenuk is seen calling for "war", and calling for the venue's doors to be locked, and the building set ablaze.

"I'd start by locking the doors into the Petit Medley from the outside, and then incinerating the damn place," the poster writes, "but somehow I don't think that option would have much popular support."

The post has apparently been removed since.

A spokesperson for the Réseau, Patrick Bourgeois, told the Journal de Montréal that they will step up security for the event, saying they will have "people on site."

He also says the venue has filed a complaint with Montreal police, who are investigating the threats.

"Since the Metropolis attack against Pauline Marois in 2012, people are taking this kind of story more seriously," he says. "It's worrisome."

Police forces constantly warn that casual posts on social media that appear menacing could lead to serious consequences, even if there's no malicious intent.

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  1. Dan Dermann posted on 05/13/2014 05:56 PM
    That's a threat? Sounds more like a hypothetical to me.
    Unless of course there's more to this, such as the part where he apparently calls for war. I'm just going by what is quoted here without context.
  2. Joe posted on 05/13/2014 06:40 PM
    Why even utter such a stupid thing, this moron first of all is opening himself for legal action, and secondly and least as important why wake up a movement that is barely alive and one of its head honcho's (Duceppe) has just said he does not want to go down with the sinking ship, let them hold their rally get the same radicals that show up as usual get their attention in PKP's newspaper and then they will go their merry way and it will be all over for a while until they get bored and try to rile up what is left of the movement again.
  3. Dave posted on 05/14/2014 01:25 AM
    Fringe groups crave attention, and typically crave conflict to try to justify their paranoia. They may even be the author(s) of such online threats just to promote their cause.
    The real news here? That anyone would pay five bucks on a Montreal Friday night to hear a bunch of sep militants singing the same old, same old.
  4. Michael posted on 05/14/2014 02:36 AM
    My guess, aside from a few FB comments, most people just won't care about this useless rally. Support for sovereignty has dropped to what? 30% or so? This is nothing more than a small group of frustrated separatist getting together to bitch and moan about losing. And if there is any "trouble", it will likely be cause by them themselves after they chug back a few pitchers and decide to take it to the streets, where they will likely be in search of anyone speaking English just so they can rant and rave about them not speaking in French, the official language of Quebec.
  5. Barcham posted on 05/14/2014 03:53 PM
    If not for this 'threat', no one would even have heard of this 'event' taking place. I guess ticket sales were in the toilet and they needed some free publicity. And since when does a political rally have a cover charge? I certainly hope they are paying the appropriate taxes on their little soiree!
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