Man charged following racist tirade caught on camera at Edmonton liquor store

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A man has been charged by Edmonton police in relation to a racist, anti-immigrant tirade caught on camera at an Edmonton liquor store.

In a video that circulated on social media in early August but has since been deleted from Facebook, an unmasked older white man is seen yelling at two men wearing masks at Olympia Liquor on 137 Avenue. The man walks close to them, pointing and yelling, making xenophobic remarks about “you people” moving to Canada.

“Canadians are the nicest f—— people in the world, and your belief system is not better than our f—— lives,” the man yells.

Navdeep Singh, a store supervisor, previously told Postmedia the man started screaming the moment he walked in the door.

He said there is a sign at the store’s entrance asking customers to wear a mask. Masks have been mandatory in publicly-accessible buildings, including transit and taxis, in Edmonton since August 1.

“I was about to say that ‘sir, please wear a mask,’ but he didn’t say anything, he just started yelling at me. He said, ‘if you’re going to wear this thing, I’m not going to shop at this store, I’m going to leave it.’ I said, ‘OK sir, the exit is the other way,’” Singh said. “Then he kept going on for no reason.”

EPS spokeswoman Cheryl Voordenhout confirmed Wednesday that Terry Samsoniuk, 61, has been charged with one count of assault and one count of causing a disturbance in relation to the altercation.

— With files from Lauren Boothby


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