CAIR-MN Asks FBI to Probe Hate Graffiti Targeting Muslim Family
(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/6/11) -- The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today asked the FBI to investigate recent graffiti spray-painted on the Rochester home of a Somali Muslim family as a possible hate crime.
CAIR-MN said a Nazi swastika and the letters “KKK” were written on the side of a house in which the family lives. This is the third time they have been targeted.
“We urge the FBI and state law enforcement authorities to treat this incident as a civil rights violation and to send a strong message that incidents of hate will not be tolerated in our community,” said CAIR-MN President Lori Saroya.
She said it was nice to see neighbors rallying together against hate and assisting the Muslim family clean up the hate graffiti. She added that her organization is reaching out to the Rochester Muslim community and will be conducting safety trainings and outreach sessions there.
Saroya also urged the Muslim community to review security procedures using advice contained in CAIR's "Muslim Community Safety Kit."
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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