Alberta NDP want tiki torches condemned as symbols of white supremacy

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An Alberta NDP MLA will be putting forward a motion on Monday asking the Alberta government to denounce tiki torches as symbols of white supremacy. In a statement, NDP MLA Thomas Dang said that the use of tiki torches in multiple protests held in Alberta recently is an example of blatant racism. “These groups with tiki torches, these individuals brandishing Confederate flags are deliberately attempting to spread hate and racism in our communities,” Dang said. “This is wrong. We have heard overwhelmingly from Albertans that there is no place for hate in our community.” According to the NDP, tiki torches have become a symbol of far-right extremism since they were used at a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tiki torches, an inexpensive and accessible light source, have been seen at multiple anti-lockdown protests in Alberta in recent weeks. The demonstrations in question have been focused on opposing public health restrictions.

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