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MP, MPP Condemn Owen Sound Mosque Vandalism

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

Larry Miller, Bill Walker denounce recent incidents at Owen Sound Muslim Association.

The MP and MPP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound are denouncing recent acts of vandalism at the Owen Sound Muslim Association.

This past weekend, the mosque at 7th Street East and 9th Avenue East was vandalized with tomato sauce and eggs one night, and then mustard and eggs the following night. 

MP Larry Miller calls the vandalism 'unacceptable' and took to twitter after news of the incident hit social media tweeting:

"We should all support the @OSpoliceassoc in their efforts to find & arrest the individuals responsible for this." 

Miller says he hopes it isn't about racism or religion, "Nobody should be fearful or be compromised in any way when it comes to practicing their faith in their place of worship." 

He says "maybe it's just a bunch of young thugs that don't know any better, but regardless, it's unacceptable and as I said in my tweet, I hope that we all support the police in their efforts to find and arrest the people who are responsible." 

Meanwhile, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker condemns any form of hate or racism and says there is absolutely no place for this in our society.

"I would always hold out hope this wouldn't be the case," Walker says. "I am born and raised in this area and I've never experienced anything like this. And I certainly wouldn't expect this to be tolerated by anyone in our community."

Walker adds everyone, regardless of who they are, should feel safe and welcome in this community.

"And in every community, frankly, in our great nation and our great province," Walker adds.

On the weekend, congregation member Waleed Aslam told Bayshore Broadcasting News "these actions need to be shunned at every level." 

He added members are indeed, worried about things escalating, "I have members of the community asking us what if something like Christchurch New Zealand happens? How do we bring our families in and know they are safe?"

Owen Sound Police continue to investigate and ask anyone with information to contact them or Crime Stoppers. 

Meanwhile, police are also investigating another matter where white supremacist stickers have been showing up around the city. 

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