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Pr. the radio leader faces serious threats, abuses after criticizing the protesters Yellow Vesta



A Kamloops, B.C. the radio host was on the receiving end of serious threats and abuses after the release of a critical tweet about the Canadian Yellow Vest movement.

Radia NL host, Brett Mineer, announced on Twitter on Wednesday to comment on what he thought were the ugly elements of the movement, including what he described as racist elements and conspiracy theories.

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"When the Prime Minister came to the city and saw only that terrible, terrible human being who is among us with his apparent conspiracy theories, racism, disrespect and complete inability to talk in good faith, he gives me the desire to I'm getting rid of this planet earlier. " tweeted Mineer.

Shortly thereafter, after disclosing threats to the Prime Minister of the Facebook Facebook Group in Yellow Vests Canada, he hosted a segment of the radio show, focusing on what he called "fetishization of murder."

For the guest, he had someone from Yellow Vests Canada Exposed, a Twitter account that accompanied the extreme elements of the movement.

"And then I got a message from Yellow Vests Canada Exposed with some screen shots that I was now aiming at the Yellow Vests Canada page," said Mineer CKNW's Lynda Steele exhibition.

"Someone posted a link to my personal page on Facebook, all the email addresses for the radio station appeared on the site, and then the hatred began to turn."

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Mineer said he was not an online user, and that comments were initially merely "rough", but within the limits of freedom of speech.

However, he said that it does not take much time for things to cross the line, and soon he was bombarded with electronic messages and direct messages.

"People were turning around and they met where my wife was, and they were, as they would say:" Maybe it should rape her and kill a Muslim, then he might get why this is the worst premier, "he said.

"And then somebody else said:" Can somebody in Kamloops be waiting outside the building when he comes to work and defeats him "empty" from him? "

"I held it hard together, especially when I saw things about my wife, it was so disgusting and so far under the belt and completely crazy."

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Following the advice of the management, Mineer said he had taken on the RCMP threat, which he said was investigating them and offered to accompany him from the radio station.

Global News requested a comment from the Kamluops RCMP.

The yellow Vests Canada moderators did not submit a comment request.

The Facebook group is described as a protest against the carbon tax and politicians it claims to sell "the sovereignty of our country to the global UN and its tyrannical policy."

But in response to another Global News reporter following the threats to Prime Minister Trudeau, the moderator said that "Yellow Vests Canada is against crime, violence or advocating violence" before guilty of "false" accounts allegedly created by opponents movement.

One of the aspects that Mineer particularly shocked was that many people who reported abuse were not anonymous, and the Facebook profiles used were completely open to the public.

"These are men and women with families, photos in football matches and everything, and they tell me I need to die and my wife needs to be raped and everything else," said Mineer CKNW.

"It's just crazy to see who these people are and look like normal people who would see them in the park with their children … and they act online."

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David Tindall, a UBC sociologist who focuses on social media and social movements, says that the distance created by the online environment can allow people to separate themselves from the actual impact of what they are saying.

"When you do it on a computer, but do not, say, face to face, you do not get a lot of non-verbal tips to get," he said.

"One thing is that they threaten people [with] violence, but also when people write in all manner of strokes or swear or say frightening things, the perpetrators do not see the feedback they get in a kind of more direct meeting, and realize that they may need them to reduce them. «

Tindall added that the online environment also allowed people with extreme views who were once isolated to unite and feed each other's energy.

"In ancient times, you may have had people who were some kind of outliers about their views or what they were willing to say, and this could be said at home at the dinner table or over the neighbors' fence, and somehow getting stunned, and that was end, "he said.

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"Now, they can find people online with similar views, and this type helps to create a critical mass of people who do it and are mutually reinforcing."

Tindall said that politics and social movements are for violence and threats that are always part of the situation – it draws attention to the movement of US citizenship rights or to the threats of an environmental "war in the forest" of the nineties.

However, he said he had seen evidence of an increasing polarization in Canada, which attributed to a breakdown of the rules on the acceptable southern border in the Trump Age.

"The norms and barriers have been reduced, whether the thresholds have been reduced, and people feel threatened by threats," Tindall said.

"The vast majority of them just bluff, but they are always one or two, but they are not."

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