The xenophobic rhetoric of President Donald Trump is not just restricted to the white supremacists based in the U.S. anymore — his hate mongering is now spreading across the border.
According to reports, Concordia University’s downtown campus in Montreal, Canada, evacuated three of its building after receiving a letter threatening to set off bombs to harm the Muslim students.
A group called Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada, or C4, allegedly sent the letter. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, it is a U.S. based white supremacist group founded in 1985 as a byproduct of the White Citizens Councils of the 1950s and 1960s that fought school desegregation.
“Between today March 1 at noon and March 3 at 2 pm we will DETONATE once per day small artisanal amateur explosive devices that we planted on 2 floors of the H bldg and 1 floor of the EV bldg where Muslims hang out,” read the hatemongering letter.
The purpose of the threat was not to kill Muslims students but to injure them. The white supremacists targeted Muslim students for washing their feet on the bathroom sink meant for washing hands and for walking with bare, wet feet between the prayer space and the 7th floor while they tried to study or eat.
The letter also mentioned President Donald Trump as a source of inspiration.
“Now that President Trump is in office south of the border, things have changed,” the letter mentioned.
Concordia University took action and used its Twitter handle to keep students updated.
Evacuate EV and Hall Buildings on SGW campus, immediately. Classes cancelled; may resume at 6 p.m. Avoid buildings. More info:concordia.ca— Concordia University (@Concordia) March 1, 2017
“We are shocked that such hateful and violent expression of intolerance has targeted our community. There is no room for such threats in our society, Concordia is a university that embraces diversity as a key element of who we are. We will support each other and make sure we remain a welcoming, inclusive institution for all students, staff and faculty,” stated the university's president and vice-chancellor, Alan Shepard.
This alarming threat came a month after an alt-right/white supremacist terrorist attacked a Quebec City mosque, killing six immigrant Muslim men, is a chilling reminder that much has to be done to remove xenophobia.
People responded to the sad incident on social media.
I unequivocally condemn the threat against the Muslim community at Concordia. A sad reminder that we have to do more against islamophobia.— Marwah Rizqy (@marwahrizqy) March 1, 2017
Concordia has closed a third building (right above Guy métro) because it is connected to building mentioned in threat pic.twitter.com/hu8Uvn3P4n— Andy Riga, Montreal (@andyriga) March 1, 2017