Massacre at the mosque of Quebec: a wake-up call for America
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Rebecca Skellett is the director of the Strong Cities Network, an independent organization established in 2015 by the United Nations to counter “violent extremism” and that now encompasses more than 120 cities in the world We see with the mayor of Quebec city Régis Labeaume.
Saturday, 27-jan-2018 00:00
Saturday, 27-jan-2018 00:00
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WASHINGTON | the attack at the Mosque of Quebec rang a “wake up call” to the greatness of America, ” says the representative of a network set up by the UN to combat terrorism.
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Rebecca Skellett is the director of the Strong Cities Network, an independent organization established in 2015 by the United Nations to counter “violent extremism” and that now encompasses more than 120 cities in the world.
On Friday, the mayor of Quebec city has had the opportunity to attend a presentation by dr. Skellett and representatives of the u.s. department of State, during his mission to Washington. In an interview with the Newspaper, which had access to this meeting, Ms. Skellett has discussed the case of Quebec.
“The slaughter of the mosque was a huge wake-up call in all of America. Because it was a coordinated attack which killed innocent people and that is inspired by the rise and resurgence of neo-nazi at a global level. “
The extreme right is organised like never before, ” she says, and the countries and cities must begin to deal with it.
A special case
“I have always said, our case is so different from everything that exists, has responded to the mayor, Régis Labeaume. I didn’t know that it was at this point. But I am not surprised that Ms. Skellett say something like that. Our model is different. “
The mayor has chosen to focus on the living together and the fight against racism, rather than on the prevention of radicalisation.
The City of Québec will join as well in the Strong Cities Network, announced on Friday the mayor. “With others, maybe we will be able to find the right solutions that will be applicable in our community. “
Already, the mayor has hinted that he wants to focus on prevention among young people. A good strategy, and responded to him in chorus the specialists to whom he posed his questions on Friday.
“It is wise to bet on the new generation,” said Mehreen Farooq, of WORDE, a non-profit organization that helps communities to live better together.
Politicians tend to want to take action immediately after an attack, ” said Ms. Skellett. “This is exactly the kind of reaction that gives of bad decisions. The best thing to do is to take a step back and say : it is a single man. Let’s look at what it tells us about other people like him in Quebec city. Is there a pattern or is this the work of a recluse ? “
Invest in research
On Friday, representatives of the u.s. State department and the department of homeland Security have invited the mayors of canadian and british attendance at the meeting to invest in research to understand the issues that affect their communities. And this, before embarking on actions that could be counter-productive.