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Hamilton a hot bed for far- right extremists

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17.06.2019

Two years ago, a Pride rally at City Hall made the decision to move locations. This was the first time in a long while that the traditional morning rally before a Pride in the Park style celebration was not going to happen in the forecourt. The reason? Pride got word that far-right groups were planning their own protest that morning, also at city hall. They were going by Sons of Odin and the Canadian Combat Coalition at the time and they were protesting about Hamilton taking in refugees. Pride organizers made the choice to hold the rally at the park instead, not wanting to share space with such groups and citing concerns for safety.

When the story broke, the far-right groups reacted with feigned concern as though it was a mortifying and embarrassing oversight. A number of them reached out to Pride through social media messaging and email wishing to assure us that they were not intending to interfere with Pride, that they weren't our enemies (presumably they were unaware that queer refugees exist). I was a Pride communications volunteer at the time........

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