Zero Hedge
0
All posts from Zero Hedge
Zero Hedge in Zero Hedge,

Shots Fired At Ottawa's Canadian War Memorial, Soldier Down; Parliament On Lockdown - Live Feed

Two days after two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car driven by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a 25-year-old Canadian who, as The Globe and Mail reported, "converted to Islam recently and called himself Ahmad Rouleau," Bloomberg reports:

  • *SHOTS FIRED AT CANADA WAR MEMORIAL
  • *SOLDIER SEEN FALLING TO GROUND AT CANADA WAR MEMORIAL

 

As Glenn Greenwald remarked after the attacks on Monday, the right-wing Canadian government wasted no time in seizing on the incident to promote its fear-mongering agenda over terrorism, which includes pending legislation to vest its intelligence agency, CSIS, with more spying and secrecy powers in the name of fighting ISIS.

  • CANADIAN PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS IN LOCKDOWN AFTER REPORT OF ACTIVE SHOOTER

Military moving in on Parliament building...

 

As Bloomberg reports,

Shots were fired at Canada’s war memorial close to Ottawa’s parliament buildings.

 

A soldier was on ground, apparently shot

 

Police are on the scene

*  *  *

Live Feed from local news: (click image for feed - no embed)

*  *  *

As Glenn Greenwald remarked (regardin Monday's attack):

The right-wing Canadian government wasted no time in seizing on the incident to promote its fear-mongering agenda over terrorism, which includes pending legislation to vest its intelligence agency, CSIS, with more spying and secrecy powers in the name of fighting ISIS. A government spokesperson asserted “clear indications” that the driver “had become radicalized.”

 

In a “clearly prearranged exchange,” a conservative MP, during parliamentary “question time,” asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper (pictured above) whether this was considered a “terrorist attack”; in reply, the Prime Minister gravely opined that the incident was “obviously extremely troubling.” Canada’s Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney pronounced the incident “clearly linked to terrorist ideology,” while newspapers predictably followed suit, calling it a “suspected terrorist attack” and “homegrown terrorism.” CSIS spokesperson Tahera Mufti said “the event was the violent expression of an extremist ideology promoted by terrorist groups with global followings” and added: “That something like this would happen in a peaceable Canadian community like Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu shows the long reach of these ideologies.”

 

In sum, the national mood and discourse in Canada is virtually identical to what prevails in every western country whenever an incident like this happens: shock and bewilderment that someone would want to bring violence to such a good and innocent country (“a peaceable Canadian community like Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu”), followed by claims that the incident shows how primitive and savage is the “terrorist ideology” of extremist Muslims, followed by rage and demand for still more actions of militarism and freedom-deprivation.

*  *  *

Images from the scene...

 

BREAKING paramedics working on man lying next to war memorial

pic.twitter.com/eWkJALMoxF

— Shirlee Engel (@ShirleeEngel)