CAIR-CAN URGES BIAS PROBE OF MUSLIM SCHOOL VANDALISM
(OTTAWA, CANADA, 1/17/07) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today urged Montreal Police to investigate the acts of vandalism at the school, “Les Jeunes Musulmans Canadiens,” as a potential bias crime.
On Tuesday morning, 17 of the school’s windows were found smashed by rocks and bricks. Twenty classroom doors were discovered broken open and the school bus’ windows shattered.
The Montreal school has 500 registered students, ages six to 16. This most recent attack is the latest of a disturbing trend emerging across the country, whose sole aim is to intimidate the Muslim community.
“Our school’s mandate is to integrate students into Canadian and Quebec Society. When the young students arrived Tuesday morning to see their school vandalized, they were frightened and concerned for their safety,” says Leayla Sawaf, a founder of Les Jeunes Musulmans Canadiens.
For a news report on Montreal attack visit: http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=f9a2cd8e-1955-4d90-a8fc-f8a9b893d63b
“We call on local politicians and police officials in Montreal to demonstrate leadership by standing firm against all forms of hate,” said Karl Nickner, Executive Director of CAIR-CAN.
“While we cannot say for certain the attack was a hate crime, the extent of the damage suggests that this was not a random act of violence. We call on the Montreal Police to seriously investigate this incident as a possible hate crime. The criminals responsible must be apprehended and brought to justice,” he added.
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CONTACT: CAIR-CAN: Sameer Zuberi, Communications and Human Rights Coordinator, 613.795.2012; or Karl Nickner, Executive Director, 613.853.4111; Les Jeunes Musulmans Canadiens: Leayla Sawaf, founder, 514.894.4855