MONTREAL (May 3, 2018) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) commends a team of reporters at the Montreal Gazette for their revelation that a prominent international neo-Nazi writer and recruiter is, in fact, a former IT specialist living in the city's Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough.
According to The Gazette, Gabriel Sohier Chaput is behind the moniker "Zeiger." He is described as "the second-most prolific writer on the Daily Stormer, an extreme right-wing news website that attracts upwards of 80,000 unique visitors a month."
Over the past two years, the newspaper reports, "Zeiger" has been actively recruiting, holding private gatherings at local bars.
It was "Zeiger" who helped identify himself, according to the Gazette. Anti-fascist activists were able to determine his identity after he revealed the high school he attended while appearing on a white supremacist podcast.
FSWC will closely monitor developments with the "Zeiger" dossier.
Another news item out of Montreal this week is also of concern: During Tuesday's annual May Day protest, one man held up a swastika flag from the roof of an apartment building in the Parc-Extension neighbourhood. This was an isolated act and protesters expressed their anger toward the man, who has not been identified. Montreal police are investigating.
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