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New security video shows Toronto van attacker driving on sidewalk, people fleeing

New security video shows Toronto van attacker driving on sidewalk, people fleeing

But this is not fiction.

"I am contacted nearly daily from other police executives from around the world as they express interest in what is happening here", Saunders said.

"They are men who think that they aren't having sex that is basically owed to them by women", said Keegan Hankes, a senior intelligence analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that tracks incidents of hate. They indulge in and celebrate violence and tend to justify their attacks on others, mostly women.

Wendy Cukier, a professor in the business school at Toronto's Ryerson University and president of Canada's Coalition for Gun Control, said Canada may avoid some types of violence because its social programs are stronger than those in many USA states and there is less income inequality. "It's substantial. It's a movement that has tens of thousands of people who visit these boards, these sub-Reddits, which are safe places for them".

Rodger had used the term "incel" - for involuntarily celibate - in online posts raging at women for rejecting him romantically. So what does incel mean? They moved to a forum look-a-like, incels.me, and also remain on Reddit in the more heavily moderated subreddit, r/braincels.

The now-deleted post saluted Elliot Rodger, a college student who killed six people and wounded 13 in shooting and stabbing attacks near the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2014. He later died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The twisted manifesto prompted Rodger to become a dark hero to some in the Incel community. His main theme was his intractable virginity, which he blamed on "the cruelness of women".

"Incels" describe sexually active women as "Stacys" who have sex with brainless "Chads" - many blame feminism for their predicament.

In the group's lingo, "Chads" are sexually satisfied men - "charismatic, tall, good-looking, confident, muscular" - according to the incels site.

"Online forums are another way of expressing that violence", says Kalwinder Sandhu, researcher in violence against women at Coventry University.

THE CANADIAN PRESS Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., man is shown in this image from his LinkedIn page. The incel community that Mr. Minassian paid homage to, for example, was banned from Reddit previous year because, among other issues, some adherents advocated rape as a means to end their celibacy.

In his post, Minassian praised "Supreme Leader Elliot Rodger".

Such adulation wasn't universal, though. It's a painful discussion but one we need to have.

After the Toronto attack, some "incel" groups welcomed the murders, with one post saying, 'now all of you are backing down saying killing normies is bad stop being fucking pussys this is when we attack I predict at least 10 more incels will go normie hunting by the end of this year'.

Within 24 hours, enough details had been released about the suspect, 25-year old Alek Minassian, to dispel that idea. "Spread that name, speak of his sacrifice for our cause, worship him for he gave his life for our future". The only time most of us would share a link to the sites that helped radicalise such terrorists would be to demand that authorities take it down. "This s*** right here is lifefuel for me", the user wrote. CNN independently verified it. But for others, the beta uprising is a violent call to arms. Another classmate, Josh Kirstein, told The New York Times that Minassian "would cower and avoid eye contact when he saw a girl".

What are "Chads and Stacys"? The incels feel both the parties are unattainable.

Another one posted: "F*** Alek Minassian, killing people does not cure Inceldom".

"Being incel has no relation whatsoever with violence, aggression, misogyny, or any other negative connotation", the administrator wrote, adding, "While he may have called himself an incel, he does NOT in any way represent the community".

"When you start dissecting what's happening here, part of it is the violence and misogyny and hatred of women - the desire for power and control", she said, pointing to the École Polytechnique massacre, when a gunman killed 14 women and injured 14 others on December 6, 1989. Graham Gibson, a Toronto police homicide detective.

Reports suggest that following the attack, Minassian has been praised on incel forums with several of them hailing him as a hero.

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