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An extreme rightwing Web page lists progressive, radical and cultural groups in Montreal and Quebec City, calling them “enemies of our people and our race.” The list includes addresses, telephone numbers and, in some cases, specific names. There are also photos of individuals and buildings.

The content of the La Droite Nationaliste Website (Nationalist Right) is entirely in French. The site promotes itself as an “information index and news source for the francophone, nationalist world.” It boasts of referencing 265 sites. While the site’s URL isn’t always working, La Droite Nationaliste was up at the time this story was posted. If you have trouble getting it, try again later.

The Website is updated regularly, and contains news and events information from all over the world, and links to many other far-right electronic bulletins and Websites. It is a well-maintained, comprehensive site. La Droite Nationaliste has an e-mail address and a post-office box in Anjou, a suburb on the island of Montreal.

But this Web page also features open lists of cultural and left organizations from Montreal, Quebec City and elsewhere in Quebec.

Montreal

Translated, this section is called “The anti-nationalist file: A small address book of anti-national organizations and publications in Montreal.” The site explains that, “With this little address book, we are able to denounce those who, in one way or another, block the full realization of our destiny. They are in fact the number one enemies.”

Here, there are over sixty groups listed — with addresses, phone numbers and, in many cases, fax numbers and Web and e-mail addresses. (See “La fillière anti-nationaliste” at the end of this article for a full list of these organizations and publications.)The addresses are divided into seven sections:

  • Foreign and Non-European Communities
  • Jewish Lobby, Zionist Lobby
  • Pink Lobby, Homosexual Lobby
  • Anarchist Organizations
  • Anti-Racist Organizations
  • Communist Organizations

Institutions like the Jewish Public Library and the Musée du Fier Monde (a museum of working-class history in east-end Montreal), as well as publications like the Canadian Jewish News and Fugues (a gay and lesbian magazine) are included. So are cultural community groups self-defined as Black, Caribbean, Jamaican, Asian, Latin American, South Asian, Iranian, Haitian, Afro-Canadian, Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese, Palestinian and Jewish. A refugee support organization, Action Réfugiés Montréal, is also listed.

The “Pink Lobby, Homosexual Lobby” includes gay help lines and discussion groups at Concordia and McGill universities. The description of the Association of Gay Fathers even specifies the address of the building in which its members regularly meet.

The anti-racist section lists Anti-Racist Action (ARA), Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice (SHARP) and the Ligue des Droits et Libertés — a very mainstream civil liberties organization.

The anarchist and communist sections include some student organizations at colleges and universities. The leftwing student group, ASSÃ0/00 (Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante), receives special attention, with twenty individual activists being named (including, in most cases, their college-affiliation and course of study).

Other groups mentioned include the CLAC (the Anti-Capitalist Convergence), the Comité des sans-emploi (with some of their members specified), COBP (Citizens Opposed to Police Brutality) and various communist and socialist parties, as well as anarchist publications and collectives. The site also mentions a book publisher, Ã0/00cosociétés, that produces many radical titles.

Disturbingly, La Droite Nationaliste includes the photos and addresses of the Alternative Bookshop, an anarchist infoshop, as well as the headquarters of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Quebec (PMLQ). There are also photos of two unnamed members of SHARPs, a local rabbi, as well as me.

Another person singled out for attention on the site is UQAM professor and anarchist Normand Baillargeon. His office location is specified.

Extra, Extra

The Website also includes so-called anarchist organizations in Quebec City, as well as groups in Granby and Drummondville. There are also several requests to e-mail information about more “anti-national” groups.

A glance at the links and information on the Website provides a clear portrait of the fascist, racist, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-queer and anti-woman views that the site promotes. The links on the Quebec section include the MLNQ, an anti-choice group, the Holocaust denying Zundelsite, a variety of National Socialist groups as well as the Ku Klux Klan of Laval, just north of Montreal.

Other sections on France, Belgium and Switzerland include predictable links to far-right parties (such as the Front National and MNR), anti-immigrant groups, as well as far-right music links. There is also a section devoted to the works of Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson.

There is an updated events section, with far-right events from France, Belgium, Great Britain and even the United States.

The news section provides a clear example of the hatred promoted by this Website. An item from Zimbabwe refers to “African savages.” Another news item from Serbia positively reports on a brutal racist skinhead attack on Belgrade’s first Gay Pride parade. Referring to the cancellation of other parades and conferences by the gay and lesbian community due to the fear of attack, the Web page states approvingly: “Direct action is sometimes more convincing than the words of politicians.”

La Droite Nationaliste shows a detailed interest in, and knowledge of, the activities of a variety of cultural and left groups in Quebec. It includes photos, telephone numbers and addresses, making it easier for rightwing extremists who are interested in participating in verbal and physical attacks, as well as harassment.

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