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CAIR Calls on New Mexico Officials to Repudiate Racist Vandalism Targeting Asian-American Restaurant

(WASHINGTON, DC., 3/18/2020) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on state and local officials and community leaders to repudiate racist coronavirus-related vandalism targeting an Asian-American restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M. 

That graffiti, which was found on the back of the restaurant read, “Trucha with the coronavirus” which reportedly means watch out for the coronavirus. 

SEE: Vandals tag downtown Asian restaurant with racist message

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen said:

“We condemn the continued targeting of the Asian-American community nationwide in the ongoing coronavirus crisis and urge public officials and community leaders to repudiate the bigotry that often leads to violence targeting minorities.”

She noted that just yesterday, CAIR condemned the President’s racist “Chinese virus” tweets.

SEE: CAIR Condemns Trump’s Use of Racist Dog Whistle ‘Chinese Virus’

In past weeks, CAIR has condemned several coronavirus hate incidents.

SEE: CAIR-NY Condemns Another Anti-Asian Coronavirus-Related Hate Crime

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.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen,

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