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.