West Island Liberal candidate undeterred after campaign signs defaced with racist slurs

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The West Island Liberal candidate said Wednesday he would continue to campaign despite being the target of a “public display of racism.”

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Sameer Zuberi made the remarks on Twitter on Wednesday after at least three of his election posters were taken down with racist slurs, referring to people of Pakistani and Indian origin.

One of the signs also included death threats.

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Juberi, whose father was born in Pakistan, is seeking re-election in the federal riding of Pierrefonds-Dollard.

He strongly condemned the anonymous acts, calling them “unacceptable, appalling and cowardly”.

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In an interview with Granthshala News, Jubery also indicated that the location of the sabotage sign was not an accident.

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One hangs on a hydro pole in front of the Mecca al-Muqarrama Mosque in Pierrefonds, the other is positioned in front of a nearby school.

“Both of these institutions have a high concentration of both Pakistanis and Indians,” Juberi said. “It was targeted and it was done intentionally. The intent was to create fear and hatred within the community.”

In a post on Twitter, the Canadian Muslim Forum condemned the graffiti, saying it “strongly condemns the vandalism.”

Juberi won a seat in the House of Commons for the first time in the 2019 election with 56.7 percent of the vote. He is also a member of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and the Standing Committee for Inquiry into Regulations.

Juberi said he would continue to move forward.

“It’s disappointing and sad,” he said, “but that’s why I do what I do, to remove discrimination and racism in the most obviously possible terms, and to help build a better Canada.” To continue moving forward.”

Juberi said he wanted to file a police report that would make it another part of his campaign. The first was made after the posters were taken down and defaced with graffiti.

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He said of Wednesday’s vandalism, “This is the first instance of xenophobic, hateful and throwing out death at the same time.”

He hopes that whoever is responsible will reflect on what they did “and see that it was not the right thing to do.”

Salem Khan, a resident of Pierrefonds, echoed Juberi’s sentiment.

“Those who write it must understand that humanity comes first,” he said, adding that no matter one’s color, culture, religious beliefs or where they come from.

The election campaign has been marred by other similar examples of racism.

In August, election symbols of four Liberal candidates in Ontario and Quebec were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti, while NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was verbally attacked with racist remarks.

Rachel Bendaion and Anthony Housefather, both Jews, are running for re-election in their Montreal ridings of Outremont and Mount Royal, respectively – areas that are home to large Jewish communities.

Candidates and members of the Jewish community strongly condemned the incidents.

At the time, Bendayan told Granthshala News that although the events do not represent the views of the majority, it is important to remain vigilant and speak up.

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“Of course it is a very small minority of people who are spreading hate messages, but if we don’t take the time to say this to hate, it spreads,” she said.

Bandion also expressed concern over hate directed at other groups, including Canada’s Asian Community, which has experienced a major increase in anti-Asian crimes in the past year.

Canadians head to the polls on September 20.

– With files from Granthshala News’ Alessia Marata, Gloria Henriquez and The Canadian Press.

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