CAIR-MN wants FBI's help on vandalism at Somali market

Another day, another act of bigotry in St. Cloud?
Another day, another act of bigotry in St. Cloud?
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The Minnesota Council on American Islamic Relations is calling yesterdays vandalism at a Somali-owned market in St. Cloud a hate crime, and it has asked the FBI to look into the matter.

"Law enforcement officials must send a strong message that hate against any minority group is not acceptable in St. Cloud and that hate crimes will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted," CAIR-MN President Lori Saroya said in a statement.

Hared Jibyil showed up at his Hormud Market on Division Street yesterday to find his storefront had been spray-painted with "Go Home" in large letters. Jibyil, who moved to the U.S. from Somalia in 2001, and has owned the store since last August, spent the morning cleaning it off.

The incident represented another black eye for St. Cloud. In recent months:

  • The U.S. Department of Education is scrutinizing the school district because some students have been making life miserable for Somali immigrants.
  • Sidney Elyea, who takes a dim view of Muslims, posted fliers around town showing the prophet Muhammed having sex with animals.
  • A Baptist minister paid for an ad in the St. Cloud Times that accused Muslims of wanting to take over the U.S. "by immigration, reproduction, education, the government, illegal drugs, and by supporting the gay agenda."

St. Cloud cops have yet to announce any suspects or leads in the Hormud Market vandalism.

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