Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appealed Thursday for fellow Canadians to speak to each other respectfully following death threats by “yellow vest” protestors.
Visiting western Canada to unofficially kick off his re-election campaign, Trudeau has encountered a small number of activists in the fluorescent jackets emblematic of the populist, grassroots political movement for economic justice that began in France last year.
Members of the group, which counts more than 100,000 followers on social media, have assailed the prime minister over a carbon emissions levy, his promotion of multiculturalism and immigration.
Many have made virulent posts calling for Trudeau’s death.
“Canada is a country where we encourage people to speak out and express their views and express their preoccupations,” he told reporters.
“That is one of the strengths of our democracy.”
He added that he was happy to hear from people with disagreements but stressed the importance of listening “in a respectful manner” as the only way of ensuring Canadians move forward together on the right path.
“We take all threats made against the prime minister very seriously,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokeswoman Michelle Schmidt told AFP.
The “yellow vests” are reportedly planning more protests this upcoming weekend at coffee shops across the country.
Police are investigating after Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was subjected to death threats and vile abuse on social media after his costly mistakes condemned his side to a painful Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid.
Karius was responsible for two of Real’s goals in their 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday.
The 24-year-old German threw the ball into Real forward Karim Benzema and it bounced back into the net for the opening goal.
He then allowed Gareth Bale’s harmless shot to squirm through his hands for Real’s third goal in the closing minutes.
Karius was in tears after the final whistle and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he felt bad for the player he signed from Mainz in 2016.
No Liverpool players went to console Karius, who was pictured covering his face while disembarking the team’s plane when it arrived back at John Lennon Airport on Sunday morning.
Karius had apologised after the match for his mistakes, but that didn’t stop furious Liverpool fans from making sick threats to the keeper and his family.
Posts included a commenter saying he hoped Karius died of cancer, while another read: “I hope your whole family dies” and one even said “I’ll murder your girl”.
A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police told the Daily Telegraph that officers were investigating the abuse.
“The force takes social media posts of this nature extremely seriously and any offences identified will be investigated,” she said.
“Merseyside Police would like to remind social media users than any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated.”
By the time he returned home on Sunday, Karius was still in turmoil as he tried to come to terms with his woeful display in the biggest game of his life.
Without making reference to the abuse, he took to Twitter himself to again say sorry for his nightmare performance.
“Haven’t really slept until now. The scenes are still running through my head again and again. I’m infinitely sorry to my team-mates, for you fans, and for all the staff,” he tweeted.
“I know that I messed it up with the two mistakes and let you all down.
“As I said I’d just like to turn back the time but that’s not possible.
“It’s even worse as we all felt that we could have beaten Real Madrid and we were in the game for a long time.
“Thank you to our unbelievable fans who came to Kiev and held my back, even after the game.
“I don’t take that for granted and once again it showed me what a big family we are. Thank you and we will come back stronger.”