Quebec man obsessed with COVID-19 conspiracy theories found with cache of homemade bombs, weapons
|CTVnews 23 Jan 2021 at 18:55|
MONTREAL -- A Quebec man obsessed with COVID-19 conspiracy theories was found in a police raid this month allegedly amid a cache of weapons, including pipe bombs and a semi-automatic rifle.
Martin Clermont, a man in his 40s living in a small town about an hour north of Montreal, faces several charges laid over the course of two days.
But his family says they believe the danger he posed was mostly to himself. They were the ones who called for help, asking the police to intervene.
We didn t want him to go to jail but we wanted him to be safe and to have help, said his brother, Ren Clermont. Both men live in Louiseville, just south of Trois-Rivieres.
Despite his brothers stockpiling of weapons, Ren Clermont said the family believed the imminent danger was to his brothers children. Clermont was interested in survivalism and he had talked about taking his son into the woods.
The idea of that, while he was in the midst of a serious mental-health breakdown, was troubling.
We were afraid for him and his children, because he wanted to go into the woods with one of his children, Ren Clermont said.
We love him and we intervened out of love for him and his children. We dont think he s dangerous, and he never made threats to us.
Clermont changed a lot over the course of the last year, and specifically since the pandemic began, said his brother.
He was mostly captivated by French-language YouTube videos and social media channels that focused on outlandish conspiracy theories about the virus.