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Toronto Van Attack Suspect Referenced Far-Right ‘4chan’ And ‘Men’s Rights Movement’

Police arrested Alek Minassian (pictured right) within half an hour of the attack.

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Toronto Van Attack Suspect Referenced Far-Right ‘4chan’ And ‘Men’s Rights Movement’




Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old suspect in Monday’s deadly Toronto van attack, referenced the far-right site “4chan” and the “men’s rights movement” on social media, and vowed to “overthrow all the Chads and Stacys” in the name of the “Incel Rebellion,” referring to the misogynist movement of the “involuntarily celibate.”

The post from Alek Minassian has since been deleted. Minassian has been charged with 10 counts in the van attack, which killed 10 people and injured 15 others.

“Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please,” Minassian wrote. “C23249161. The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!”

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The Hill added:

Minassian’s message praises Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who killed six people in a California rampage in 2014 and left behind a manifesto detailing his anger toward women. Rodger’s social alienation and violence have made him a hero in certain extremist, misogynist sections of the internet.

Minassian’s reference to an “incel rebellion” refers to the internet’s self-described movement of the “involuntarily celibate,” an online group of men who are angry, often at women, because they’ve failed to find sexual partners.

Minassian also references “Chads and Stacys” — an internet meme referring to stereotypically “popular” men (“Chads”) and women (“Stacys”) who are reviled online by the incels.

Minassian’s post mentions 4Chan, an anonymous online message and image board popular with members of the far-right. 

Incel forums, including one on 4Chan, often feature hate speech about women.

In November, Reddit banned a subreddit of its site devoted to incels for hosting violent content. On Tuesday, another subreddit dedicated to incels, r/Malecel, was also banned.

“I can confirm on background that the post screenshotted in this tweet was real and has been removed from Facebook along with Minassian’s account,” a Facebook representative told The Hill.




In a statement Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack “senseless.”

“On behalf of all Canadians I offered my deepest, heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of all those who were killed and we wish a full recovery to the injured and stand with the families and friends of the victims,” he said.




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