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CAIR Welcomes FBI Probe of Racist ‘White Power’ Vandalism Targeting New Mexico Indian Restaurant 

(WASHINGTON D.C., 10/27/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed an FBI investigation into racist vandalism of a New Mexico Indian restaurant. 

On June 22, 2020, the India Palace restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico was heavily damaged during an attack by alleged white supremacists. The restaurant’s interior was trashed, the kitchen rendered unusable, and the walls were spray painted with the racist slurs and white supremacist slogans including “sand n***er” and “white power.” On Oct. 15, the FBI announced it was taking over the investigation into the attack.  

The FBI asked anyone with information to call the agency at 505-889-1300 or the Santa Fe Police Department at 505-955-5257. Tips can also be sent to the FBI online at 

SEE: FBI probing attack on Indian restaurant in New Mexico

In a statement, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper said: 

Violence inspired by racism and white supremacy threatens the lives of members of all minority communities nationwide. It is essential that federal and state law enforcement authorities and political leaders respond appropriately to this growing threat. We welcome the FBI’s investigation into this disturbing attack and urge authorities nationwide to combat the rising tide of white supremacy and racist hate.” 

Hooper noted that CAIR previously condemned the attack on India Palace. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns White Supremacist, Pro-Trump, Islamophobic Vandalism of New Mexico Indian Restaurant 

He also noted that CAIR called on the FBI to investigate a series of racist vandalism incidents targeting an Indian restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

SEE: CAIR Asks Feds to Probe Hate Vandalism Targeting New Mexico Indian Restaurant 

Council On American-Islamic Relations Asks Feds To Probe ‘Hate Vandalism’ Targeting Indian Restaurant In Albuquerque

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

SEE: CAIR-LA Calls for Diversity Training for All Staff After Riverside Teacher Is Filmed Wearing Faux Native American Headdress During Math Lesson 

CAIR Condemns Racist, Islamophobic Remarks at Utah Far-Right Event by UK Islamophobe Katie Hopkins   

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CONTACT: CAIR National Deputy Director Edward Ahmed Mitchell, 404-285-9530,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,  

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