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CAIR Asks Feds to Probe Hate Vandalism Targeting New Mexico Indian Restaurant

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/14/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a string of attacks on an Indian restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M., as hate crimes. 

Surveillance video shows a man shattering the window of the Taste of India restaurant, the third time it has been targeted in recent months. In one of those incidents, racial slurs referring to “slumdog millionaires garbage” – an apparent reference to a film set in India – were written on a newspaper tied around a rock thrown at the restaurant. 

SEE: Albuquerque restaurant hit by vandals in recent months

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said: 

“The rising tide of bigotry in our nation means that all minority communities are being targeted by hatred and violence. We ask state and federal law enforcement authorities to treat these apparent hate incidents with the seriousness they deserve.” 

Hooper noted that CAIR has condemned a number of racist, xenophobic and Islamophobic incidents in New Mexico.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Racist Incident in New Mexico

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He added that CAIR and the American Muslim community are standing in solidarity with all those challenging xenophobia, anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy.    

Yesterday, CAIR called on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a civil rights investigation of attacks on historic Black churches in Washington, D.C., allegedly by those taking part in yesterday’s pro-Trump protests. 

SEE: CAIR Asks DOJ to Probe Attacks on Historic Black Churches in D.C. by Pro-Trump Protesters 

On Saturday, CAIR condemned neo-Nazi vandalism targeting a memorial to Holocaust victim Anne Frank in Idaho. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Neo-Nazi Vandalism of Anne Frank Memorial in Idaho 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.        

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.        

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com; CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw, 202-999-8292, rmccaw@cair.com    

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