Neo-Nazi group member defies assault charges
Published Saturday, December 10, 2011 6:52PM PST
The leader of the Calgary faction of Blood and Honour said criminal charges won't deter members of the group in Vancouver from using violence as part of a neo-Nazi campaign.
Kyle McKee told CTV News that he doesn't have "a stitch of remorse" for his own crimes, and expects that the two members of the Vancouver faction of the white nationalist group will continue intimidating minorities.
"I hope no matter what the outcome of the charges, guilty or not, they can pick up the pieces and move on and keep doing what they're doing," McKee said in an interview at his home in Calgary.
On Friday police charged two members of the Vancouver faction of Blood and Honour with attacking five non-whites in three years.
Robertson de Chazal, 25, has been accused of setting fire to a Filipino man who had fallen asleep on a couch near Commercial Drive and Fifth Avenue in October 2009. He was also charged with assault causing bodily harm to a black man at the same location.
Shawn MacDonald is charged with a July 24, 2010, assault of an aboriginal woman and her boyfriend, and a Dec. 12, 2008, assault on a black man near Oak Street and King Edward Avenue West.
McKee said the pair are members of a faction of Blood and Honour, a group with members around the world. In Canada, there are three factions: Vancouver, Calgary, and London, Ont. The group has 15 members in the Lower Mainland. Its name was borrowed from the Hitler Youth motto, "Blut und ehre."
Mounties investigating the group's expansion into B.C. uncovered evidence that led to the charges.
McKee is the Calgary group's central figure. He made a pipe bomb that went off in a Calgary neighbourhood and was charged with beating up a local activist earlier this year.
"You don't want certain people in your neighbourhood, you can ask them politely to leave or you can use violence. I think they're probably more inclined to leave with the use of violence," he said.
McKee pled guilty to making explosives and spent several months in prison. Earlier this year, he pled guilty to uttering threats. He said his time in prison didn't change his attitude.
"I don't know if you're hoping for a stitch of remorse, but you won't find it with me," he said.
McKee said he had no direct knowledge of the B.C. crimes and said he believed that MacDonald and de Chaza would be found not guilty when the case goes to court.
Liberal MP Hedy Fry said people should realize the seriousness of these offenses.
"These are heinous crimes," she told CTV News. "We have to keep guard. We have to be aware of this because people's lives are in danger."