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Words aren’t enough to stop hate crimes in N.L.

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Two Muslim teenagers were pounded outside St. John’s hotel this month.
  • Syed Pirzada, head of the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, states more needs to be done to stop hate crimes in the region. 

The association representing Newfoundland and Labrador’s Muslim population states a recent attack targeting two teenagers shows more needs to be done to contain hate crimes in the region.

In a news release issued Sunday, the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador said the rate of racist attacks is growing across Canada.

“While racism and Islamophobia are not as noted in Newfoundland and Labrador as they are in the remainder of Canada, the local happenings of the last few years mean that we are not resistant to such hatred,” says the release.

“As Muslim Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we are worried. We order more concrete action to prevent and eliminate racially and religiously inspired hate crimes against our communities.”

The association said that following an incident declared by CBC News last week, two teenage Muslim sisters said a man shouted racial insults and hit one of them outside a St. John’s hotel where they work.

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The association representing Newfoundland and Labrador’s Muslim population states a recent attack targeting two teenagers shows more needs to be done to contain hate crimes in the region

The sisters state they were targeted because they’re Muslim. They, and a mate who was with them at the time, wear hijabs.

The girls informed the incident to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary but said police hadn’t been able to recognize the man or apply charges.

The Muslim association’s president, Syed Pirzada, called the happening shocking.

“We all know that Islamophobia and hate offenses have doubled and quadrupled in Canada, especially mainland. But noticing this happening in Newfoundland was quite shocking,” Pirzada said Monday.

Pirzada said the association had seen crimes of this sort climb in recent years, citing a happening in March in which three people were captured by a security camera throwing eggs at the Masjid-an-Noor Mosque in St. John’s.

Source – cbc.ca

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