Mosque splattered with blood
CHICOUTIMI, Que.—Police in Quebec’s Saguenay region have been called in after a local mosque was vandalized over the weekend—splattered with what could be pig blood.
Representatives of the area’s small Muslim community say they believe it to be an isolated incident, and Saguenay Mayor Jean Tremblay agrees.
The mayor insisted most local residents also would be appalled by the attack.
“That’s not the mentality people in the region have,” Tremblay said in an interview.
“All it takes is one or two stupid people for something like this to happen.”
He added the incident undermines the community’s efforts to welcome diversity.
“This isn’t the way to show we have an open mind,” Tremblay stressed.
A letter also was sent to the mosque and to the local Radio-Canada station spouting anti-Islamic rhetoric.
Mosque co-founder Hussein Hassan said he believes the actions are the work of “fanatics” and “unbalanced people” or “jokers,” who are not representative of the citizens of Saguenay.