A Winnipeg man says he is being targeted online for speaking out against islamophobia.
Omar Kinnarath is the founder of a group called Fascist-Free Treaty 1 and tells Global News there is meme circulating on social media that targets him and his employer.
Kinnarath and his group held a counter-rally on Saturday at City Hall against the Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens who are opposed to M103 – a Private Members’ Motion to condemn Islamophobia and conduct a study to eliminate systemic racism.
Kinnarath was interviewed by various media outlets including Global News.
On Sunday night, an image taken from Kinnarath’s Facebook page was posted to an online group with the words, “If you Canadian women open your mouth, I will threaten your life.”
He said it was posted in an alt-right social media group, but has since been taken down.
“And of course they had to take the most ethnic, Muslim looking picture of me, with me in a keffiyeh and traditional gear,” said Kinnarath and mentioned that photo was from a Ramadan celebration.
The message goes onto mention his employer and calls on people to boycott the business,
680 CJOB has chosen not to name Kinnarath’s employer out of respect for their privacy, but he said his bosses have been supportive.
“Obviously they’re kind of taken aback by all the hate because they’ve been on the twitter (group) and they definitely see what kind of group this is and what kind of people they are,” he said.
Kinnarath also said he has received threats and will file a police report if they continue.
“We took a united stand on Saturday – we’re definitely not a hate group, you can say we are love group because that’s what we want to promote and that’s what we want to share with people.”