RCMP have arrested a man in connection with alleged hateful comments made on social media following Surrey’s Vaisakhi parade.
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A 46-year-old Surrey man has been arrested for public incitement of hatred on social media after comments made following Surrey’s Vaisakhi parade on Saturday.The investigation began after Surrey RCMP received information regarding a post on Facebook referencing the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade.The man, who was arrested Wednesday, is in police custody and the investigation is continuing. No charges have been laid. Surrey RCMP said given the nature of the comments, RCMP could execute a search warrant.The comment, which was added to a Global B.C. news story, prompted several people to contact police to express their concern. Global later removed the comment and contacted the RCMP.The post linked a story describing the “new record” number of people at this year’s Vaisakhi Parade, where more than half a million people took partSurrey-Panorama MLA Jinny Sims was among those who alerted Surrey RCMP to the comment, sharing a screengrab of the comment in question to Twitter.“Please investigate @Surrey RCMP,” she wrote. “Very concerning.”A screengrab shows the comment, which is attributed to a Facebook user by the name Ryan McCabe, circled in black: “Imagine what one pressure cooker bomb could have done……missed opportunities suck.”The Facebook user later posted a photo of a pressure cooker, and went on to make more hateful comments about Sikhs.For more read Stephanie Ip’s story here. Surrey Mounties are encouraging people to familiarize themselves with Canada’s laws on hate speech. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or http://www.solvecrime.ca. firstname.lastname@example.org With a file from Stephanie Ip