(Ottawa, Canada, 1/23/06) The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) has condemned the recent vandalism of an Edmonton Church with hateful graffiti and is calling on local authorities to act swiftly against the spread of hate.
According to news reports, swastikas and slogans of “white power” were spray-painted onto a Unitarian Church in Edmonton. Less than a month ago, swastikas were also spray-painted on an Edmonton synagogue.
In a statement released today, CAIR-CAN said:
“CAIR-CAN stands with all Canadians in denouncing this act of hate. We are particularly disturbed to see the Edmonton community disrupted by hate for the second time in less than a month. The continued vandalism of a peaceful community with hateful statements and images is a shameful attempt to disrupt the social cohesion that the citizens of Edmonton enjoy.
“CAIR-CAN calls on local authorities and the provincial and federal governments to work together to combat this recent spate of hate crimes in Edmonton. We also call on the police to prosecute the perpetrators of these acts under hate crime legislation to send a strong message against intolerance.”
For more information, please contact Halima Mautbur at 613-795-2012 or 613-254-9704.