Fatal Incidents

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The following are fatal incidents in Western countries that cannot be exploited for imperialistic purposes. The domestic and international response to these incidents can be compared to domestic and international responses to fatal incidents that can be exploited for imperialistic purposes. This is a way to gauge how much of Western response to fatal incidents is authentic and how much is merely crocodile tears.

In May of 2012, Luka Magnotta murdered Chinese international student Jun Lin.1

On May 26 of this year, Jeremy Joseph Christian killed two men and injured a third who were trying to protect two girls from Christian's Islamophobic verbal abuse.2

In February of 2015, Craig Hicks carried out the Chapel Hill shooting where three young Muslims were "shot dead in their home in a quiet neighbourhood of North Carolina in the US."3

In January of this year, 27-year-old Alexander Bissonnette carried out the Quebec City mosque shooting which left six people dead and 19 injured (including 5 with critical gunshot wounds).4

In December of 2014, Phuc Lam murdered 8 people in Edmonton, Alberta.5

In March of 2014, 43 people were killed in a mudslide 4 miles east of Oso, Washington.6

In July of 2013, a train derailment in the centre of the Quebec town Lac-Mégantic killed 47 people.7

In July of 2011, Anders Breivik killed 77 people in a right-wing, anti-Muslim terrorist attack.8

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No Candian Vigils for Lac-Mégantic Victims

Vigils for the 12 people killed in the Charlie Hebdo incident were held in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and other Canadian towns/cities.12

Over 100 people are expected at a downtown Toronto vigil Wednesday afternoon in memory of the 12 people killed at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris, France.3

Additionally, vigils were held across Canada for the victims of the Paris attacks. Canadian cities holding vigils included Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.

Canadians from coast-to-coast stood in solidarity with Paris a day after a series of co-ordinated terror attacks rocked the French capital, claiming 129 lives.

On Friday night, several Canadian landmarks lit up in the colours of the French flag. The CN Tower, Niagara Falls, the Calgary Tower and the Vancouver airport were just some of the landmarks that lit up red, white and blue following Friday’s horrific events.

On Saturday, Parliament Hill and many other government buildings flew their flags at half-mast, and several cities across the country held vigils to honour the victims of the Paris attacks.4

As far as I know, there were no vigils for the victims of the Lac-Mégantic train derailment outside of Lac-Mégantic.


[Image: People gather at the St Agnes Roman Catholic church in Lac-Mégantic, Que. for a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of Saturday's deadly train derailment and explosion.
(Moe Doiron/The Globe and Mail)5]

2017 Portugal wildfires

A series of four initial deadly wildfires erupted across central Portugal in the afternoon of 17 June 2017 within minutes of each other, resulting in at least 64 deaths and 204 injured people.1

Heather Heyer, victim of Charlottesville car attack

Heather Heyer, victim of Charlottesville car attack, was civil rights activist

The woman who died when a car rammed into a group of people protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was named on Sunday as Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant with a law firm in Virginia, who repeatedly championed civil rights issues on social media.

Heyer, whose Facebook cover photo read: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention”, worked for the Virginia law firm Miller Law and regularly drew attention to cases of police malpractice and racism, as well as posting her support for Bernie Sanders in his presidential campaign.1

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