On the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, Montreal police are announcing that they have arrested an anti-feminist blogger who glorifies the Polytechnique killer Marc Lepine.
Police say Jean-Claude Rochefort, 70, of Montreal, was arrested Thursday for inciting hatred against women, and has been behind bars since Friday.
Publishing under several pseudonyms, Rochefort runs blogs espousing anti-woman and anti-feminist views and advocating for “masculinism.”
One blog has a series of posts counting down to “Marc Lepine Day,” which is what Rochefort calls Dec. 6, the anniversary of the massacre.
Another recent post on a different blog referred to Lepine as an “incel lord,” a reference to the online subculture of “involuntarily celibate” men whose online discussions are characterized by anti-feminism, misogyny and endorsing sexual violence against women. (Lepine has become an icon for incel communities.)
In 2010, Rochefort was arrested for making death threats against women on a blog he devoted to Lepine. Prosecutors also wanted to charge him with incitement and wilful promotion of hatred, but a judge refused to accept those charges.
On Dec. 16, 1989, Marc Lepine killed 14 women at the Ecole Polytechnique because he believed they were feminists. He then killed himself.