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Surrey man arrested for public incitement of hatred following comment on Global BC Facebook page
A 46-year-old Surrey, B.C., man has been arrested in connection with a disturbing Facebook comment that was posted about the city's Vaisakhi parade.

The comment, which has since been removed, alluded to a potential violent act at last Saturday's parade, which drew hundreds of thousands of people. It was posted in the comments section of a news story post.

“Each of us have a responsibility to make sure that we know what the rules are, when it comes to posting. Everyone can have an opinion but in Canada, spreading hate is actually illegal,” she added.

They also say the investigation is ongoing and that the incident should serve to encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with Canadian hate propaganda laws.

The post was in response to a news story on Facebook, saying they wondered what would have happened if someone had placed a pressure cooker bomb at the event, calling it a “missed opportunity.”

The comment mentioned planting a bomb at Surrey's Vaisakhi Parade, which saw a record-breaking crowd last Saturday.

A Surrey man has been arrested following an investigation into a comment posted on Global BC’s Facebook page.

The parade drew hundreds of thousands of people to Surrey over the weekend. The social media post read: Imagine what one pressure cooker bomb could have done.

The comment was posted on a story about Saturday’s Vaisakhi Parade in Surrey, which drew more than 500,000 attendees.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with Canada’s laws on hate propaganda,” Sturko said.

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After an investigation which began following concerning comments on social media about Surreys Vaisakhi Parade last weekend, police said on Thursday that one man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

RCMP said a 46-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for public incitement of hatred, and he remains in custody as they continue to investigate.

Following the arrest, Surrey RCMP Cpl. Elenore Sturko urged the public to familiarize themselves with Canadas laws on hate propaganda.

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Elenore Sturko told Daily Hive that they began investigating the matter on Sunday and were able to make contact with the person believed to be responsible for the post.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact Surrey RCMP or Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous.

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