Friday, May 22, 2020

Toronto incel murder classed as terrorism

For the first time ever - in Canada and, as far as I know, in the world - a gender-motivated murder has been characterized and charged as an act of terrorism.
The killing of a woman at a Toronto massage parlour, by a man who identifies as an "incel" (involuntary celibate) in February of this year, is being treated as an act of terrorism by the RCMP and Toronto Police Services, and as such could attract an automatic life sentence. This is the first terrorism charge in Canada that is not linked to al-Qaeda or Islamic State, and the first time that a misogynistic attack of this kind has been labelled terrorism.
Incel attacks are nothing new, and this was by no means Canada's worst - Alex Minassian, who killed 10 people, mainly women, in a van attack in 2018, was supposedly inspired by incel "ideology" - but it was the first time that police are treating it as domestic terrorism. As an RCMP spokesman noted, "Terrorism comes in many forms, and it's important to note that it is not restricted to any particular group, religion or ideology".

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