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Man arrested for hateful comments following Surrey's Vaisakhi parade

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The 46-year-old Surrey, B.C., man remains in custody

A 46-year-old Surrey man has been arrested for public incitement of hatred on social media after comments made following Surrey’s Vaisakhi parade on Saturday.

The investigation began after Surrey RCMP received information regarding a post on Facebook referencing the Surrey Vaisakhi Parade.

The man, who was arrested Wednesday, is in police custody and the investigation is continuing.

The comment, which was added to a Global B.C. news story, prompted several people to contact police to express their concern.

After being made aware of the comment, the news outlet removed the comment and contacted RCMP as well.

The post linked a story describing the “new record” number of people at this year’s Vaisakhi Parade, where more than half a million people took part

Surrey-Panorama MLA Jinny Sims was among those who alerted Surrey RCMP to the comment, sharing a screengrab of the comment in question to Twitter.

“Please investigate @Surrey RCMP,” she wrote. “Very concerning.”

A screengrab shows the comment, which is attributed to a Facebook user by the name Ryan McCabe, circled in black: “Imagine what one pressure cooker bomb could have done……missed opportunities suck.”

For more read Stephanie Ip’s story here.

Surrey Mounties are encouraging people to familiarize themselves with Canada’s laws on hate speech.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.solvecrime.ca.

ticrawford@postmedia.com

With a file from Stephanie Ip

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