Vandals deface sign for future mosque
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Last Updated: Friday, April 30, 2010 | 3:25 PM ET
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Local residents in Ottawa’s Barrhaven community noticed Friday the sign announcing the location of a future mosque had been defaced, and alerted authorities. (CAIR-CAN)
Ottawa’s Muslim community has condemned the defacing of a sign in Barrhaven marking the future location of a mosque and community centre.
The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) said local residents discovered on Friday that offensive words, phrases and symbols were spray painted in red and black on the sign.
“Such acts are offensive, hurtful and intimidating to local citizens,” the council said in a statement.
“While the recurrence of such incidents is deeply disturbing, CAIR-CAN does not believe that such acts represent the sentiments of the vast majority of Canadians,” the group said. “Which is why we ask our fellow citizens to join us in condemning this and all such incidents.”
The group said mosques in Calgary, and in the Ontario cities of Hamilton, Waterloo and Pickering have also been vandalized in the last four months.read more