MONTREAL -- The city's police force has created a special unit tasked with investigating violence relating to the province's proposed secularism charter, QMI Agency has learned.
While police said that violent incidents haven't increased in Montreal since the Parti Quebecois introduced its charter, Quebec media have recently reported numerous incidents of race-related altercations across the province.
Moreover, groups representing minority communities in Montreal have told QMI Agency that many of their members have been victims of violence since the introduction of the controversial proposed legislation.
Montreal police Cmdr. Vincent Richer told QMI that the unit is ready to react quickly to any conflict arising from the PQ's plan to ban government employees from wearing religious symbols at work.
Richer said the force is also monitoring social media "to see what's being discussed" regarding the charter.
He also said police who are stationed in "sensitive" communities were advised to engage further with cultural communities.