Quebec police forces have tightened the surveillance of certain bridges, such as the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, since the establishment of the curfew that inflamed conspiracyists on the web. Threats on social networks targeted certain infrastructures.
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“The announcement of the curfew has driven them completely mad,” said a source familiar with the discussions. “We need to watch them more than before,” she adds.
The major police forces in Quebec are currently stepping up their surveillance on certain conspiratorial or radical leaders who are gaining popularity in Quebec.
After the attack by supporters of Donald Trump on the US Capitol, the surveillance of Quebec stars of the “complosphere” has increased, report several sources.
Some are subjects of interest to police forces.
More dangerous and more discreet
In November, this security issue was on the agenda of the meeting between specialists in the fight against terrorism. “The problem is, these are groups that are quite disorganized. The most dangerous are those who are more discreet on social media, ”said a police officer who requested anonymity.
Among the groups watched by investigators tasked with flushing out threats to national security are the Three Percenters, a far-right militia originally from the United States and fiercely pro-guns.
However, many accounts linked to the organization are inactive. “We went into Dark mode,” says one of its members with whom our Investigation Office spoke.
Documents we have seen place the Three Percenters behind terrorist plots in the United States.
Helped by the Americans
According to our information, Canadian police officers received assistance from their American counterparts earlier this year to better identify post-insurgency threats in the United States that have links to Canada.
According to the same sources, several groups seen during the uprising on Capitol Hill on January 6 in Washington have ramifications outside the United States, and conspiracy theories linked to the COVID-19 pandemic are acting as the basis for political uprisings. current.
“The Sûreté du Québec is working with various police partners to identify people who could commit offenses,” said Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Hugo Fournier.
“We saw this threat coming when the United States elected its new president in November 2016,” said Didier Deramond, former SPVM officer and former vice-president of the Committee on National Security and Counterterrorism.
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