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CAIR-NY Condemns Anti-Asian Coronavirus-Related Hate Crime, Expresses Solidarity With Asian American Community

(NEW YORK, NY, 12/24/2020) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned anti-Asian coronavirus-related hate crime that occurred last Thursday, Dec. 17, at a subway station in Manhattan.  

According to the NYPD, a group of six individuals beat and hurled anti-Asian slurs at a woman in a downtown Manhattan subway station.  News reports state that the group spewed anti-Asian slurs, blamed Asians for the coronavirus, and punched the woman in the face multiple times.  The woman suffered a bruised and swollen face.  

SEE: Straphangers spewing anti-Asian epithets beat woman for not wearing mask on Manhattan subway

The NYPD has labeled the incident a hate crime. The suspects are still at-large. 

In a statement, CAIR-NY Legal Director Ahmed Mohamed said: 

“Anti-Asian hate has no place in our society and must be rejected. It is sickening that almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian-Americans are still being targeted in extremely dangerous ways such as this. Racist and violent behavior targeting Asians is reprehensible. CAIR-New York condemns the targeting of the Asian-American or any other minority community, and we stand in solidarity with the Asian-American community.”  

He noted that CAIR has in the past repeatedly condemned anti-Asian violence, stereotyping and bias. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Apparent Anti-Asian ‘COVID-19’ Hate Attack in DC, Expresses Solidarity with Asian-American Community 

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: Ahmed Mohamed, CAIR-NY Legal Director, 646-481-2103,; Afaf Nasher, CAIR-NY Executive Director, 917-669-4006, 

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