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CAIR Joins Call for Info on Alleged Anti-Asian Incident in Crystal City, Virginia

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/8/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today joined the call by police in Arlington County, Va., for information on a person who allegedly left a Crystal City restaurant without paying, pushed a restaurant employee to the ground and used anti-Asian slurs.

Arlington County police have referred the case to Virginia State Police as a possible hate crime.

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“We urge anyone with information about this disturbing incident to contact law enforcement authorities,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Every American has a role to play in pushing back against bigotry, whether it targets Asian-Americans or any other minority community.”

Hooper said the American Muslim community and CAIR stand in solidarity with all those challenging anti-Asian hate, anti-Black racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, and all other forms of bigotry.   

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CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, 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 Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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