UPDATE: Influential neo-Nazi 'Zeiger' a Montrealer
One of North America's most influential white supremacists may be a Montrealer.
The Gazette is running an exposé in this morning's edition about an individual who is known on extreme right-wing websites as Zeiger. The newspaper says that person may in real life be a man who went to high school in Outremont and now lives in the Rosemount-La-Petite-Patrie borough. He works as an IT consultant.
A far-right monitoring group says Zeiger is second only to the founder of the Daily Stormer website in terms of his online activity and influence.
The Gazette says Zeiger has listed his home as a meeting place of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and has organized meetings in Montreal that draw a core membership of up to 15 people.
"Our community is scared," said Quebec regional director for B'nai Brith Canada, Harvey Levine.
"We can't accept the fact that he's going to start building up a neo-nazi party in Montreal, it's absolutely disgusting. We're getting calls and emails in from the public right now."
Levine told CJAD 800 News they're checking the information themselves to see if they can file a complaint with the police.
Kyle Matthews, executive director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University said they should not dismiss these groups as small and marginal.
"We have to keep an eye on them, they all have different objectives and if they grow unchecked, we can see some major repercussions," said Matthews in an interview with CJAD 800 News.
"(The article) is not alarmist, I'd say it's cautionary."
Levine said groups like that may seem insignificant at first.
"Small and little groups grow, especially when they get that publicity. There are always hatemongers that come out from under the rocks," said Levine.
In a tweet, Quebec Public Security Minister Marin Coiteux said Quebec is an open and inclusive society and they condemn the comments and actions of those who stir up hate towards certain communities, adding police are keeping an eye on groups spreading such messages.
Le Québec est une société ouverte et inclusive et nous condamnons les propos et les actions qui attisent la haine à l'endroit de certaines communautés. Nos services policiers ont à l'oeil les groupes propageant de tels propos #polqc https://t.co/8PWEwIH2XN— Martin Coiteux (@CoiteuxMartin) May 3, 2018