(Ottawa, Canada – Feb. 26, 2008) The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today urged the Edmonton Police Service to ensure all necessary personnel are allocated to investigate this weekend’s hate graffiti against Alberta MLA candidate Aman Gill.
A provincial election campaign poster of Gill’s was defaced with a sexually explicit drawing over her photograph, and the racial slur “Paki” was spray painted beside her name. Police say that the hate crime unit has been dispatched, but no leads have yet been reported.
SEE: CBC: Racist term sprayed on Alberta election campaign sign
AND: Edmonton Sun: Campaign sign defaced
In 2006, Edmonton police investigated a similar incident against a cricket club when the slur “Pakis” was employed. At the time, eyewitnesses reported that repeat incidents had been occurring for four years.
SEE: Edmonton hate crimes unit investigates cricket club vandalism
“It seems as if there’s a history of hate graffiti and racial slurs against Canadians of South Asian ethnicity in Edmonton. This most recent incident could very well be more than an isolated act,” said Shahina Siddiqui, CAIR-CAN Board Member.
“We are calling upon the Edmonton Police to ensure that all resources are allocated to apprehend the perpetrators of this latest hate incident. Any attempts to intimidate monitories through hate-motivated vandalism cannot be accepted. It creates insecurity and divides communities,” Siddiqui added.
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CONTACT: Shahina Siddiqui, CAIR-CAN Board Member, 204-944-1560; Sameer Zuberi, CAIR-CAN Communications Coordinator, 613-795-2012.