US mosques re­ceive pro-Trump hate let­ter call­ing Muslims ‘filthy’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THREE Cal­i­for­nia mosques re­ceived a let­ter call­ing Muslims “vile and filthy”, prais­ing Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump and say­ing he plans to “cleanse” Amer­ica, an as­so­ci­a­tion of Mus­lim-Amer­i­cans said.

The same short, anti-Mus­lim let­ter – ad­dressed to “Chil­dren of Satan” – was sent in re­cent days to mosques in San Jose in north­ern Cal­i­for­nia and Long Beach and Clare­mont in the Los An­ge­les area, the Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Is­lamic Re­la­tions, or CAIR, said on Novem­ber 27.

The let­ter dis­missed Muslims as a “vile and filthy peo­ple” and called on them to “pack your bags and get out of Dodge”, the coun­cil said.

Mr Trump, the let­ter added, is “go­ing to cleanse Amer­ica and make it shine again. And, he’s go­ing to start with you Muslims”.

The doc­u­ment has prompted coun­cil chap­ters in Cal­i­for­nia to ap­peal for stepped-up po­lice pro­tec­tion of mosques.

“This hate cam­paign tar­get­ting houses of wor­ship must be in­ves­ti­gated as an act of re­li­gious intimidation, and our state’s lead­ers should speak out against the grow­ing anti-Mus­lim big­otry that leads to such in­ci­dents,” said Hus­sam Ay­loush, leader of the coun­cil’s Los An­ge­les branch.

Since Mr Trump – who railed against Muslims and im­mi­grants dur­ing the cam­paign – was elected on Novem­ber 8, more than 100 anti-Mus­lim in­ci­dents have oc­curred across the coun­try, said CAIR.

It quoted the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter (SPLC), which mon­i­tors hate crimes, as say­ing over 700 in­ci­dents tar­get­ting dif­fer­ent mi­nor­ity groups had been doc­u­mented since elec­tion day. – DUTCH of­fi­cials have culled 190,000 ducks on a cen­tral Nether­lands farm where in­spec­tors have con­firmed the pres­ence of a highly in­fec­tu­ous strain of bird flu, of­fi­cials and lo­cal me­dia said.

The out­break was de­tected at a farm in Bid­dinghuizen, about 70 kilo­me­tres (43 miles) west of Am­s­ter­dam, where about 180,000 ducks were put down to­gether with an­other 10,000 within a one kilo­me­tre ra­dius, the Dutch food and safety watch­dog NVWA said.

Au­thor­i­ties have also im­posed a ban on poul­try and poul­try prod­uct trans­port within a 10 kilo­me­tre ra­dius, ONE man was gunned down and nine peo­ple wounded in a shootout in the his­toric French Quar­ter of the south­ern US city of New Or­leans.

Some 30 of­fi­cers rushed to the scene when shots rang out around, city po­lice su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Har­ri­son told re­porters. the state­ment said.

Tests in­di­cated that the birds were killed by an H5N8 vari­ant of the dis­ease “which is highly in­fec­tu­ous” for poul­try – killing about 30 per­cent of in­fected birds – but not “very dan­ger­ous to hu­mans”, pub­lic news­caster NOS said.

Ear­lier this month the Nether­lands shut­tered pet­ting zoos and banned duck hunt­ing as it stepped up mea­sures to stem a bird flu out­break blamed for killing scores of poul­try and more than a thou­sand wild birds in the coun­try.

In the western port of Rot­ter­dam, a park closed its an­i­mal sec­tion af­ter

The man died of gun­shot wounds, while two women and seven men were in­jured.

Two men were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing, but Mr Har­ri­son said a mo­tive had yet to be es­tab­lished.

Thou­sands of out­siders had­poured sev­eral aquatic birds were found to have died from the H5N8 virus. Others still not af­fected have been penned in.

And on the banks of Lake Mark­er­meer, close to Am­s­ter­dam, about 1250 wild birds were found dead ear­lier this month, lo­cal news re­ports said.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed more than 420 peo­ple, mainly in south­east Asia, since first ap­pear­ing in 2003. An­other strain of bird flu, H7N9, has claimed more than 200 lives since emerg­ing in 2013, ac­cord­ing to World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion fig­ures. – into the French Quar­ter as New Or­leans hosted the Bayou Clas­sic, an an­nual Amer­i­can foot­ball game be­tween two ri­val Louisiana state uni­ver­si­ties.

The multi-day event in­cludes a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween ri­val march­ing bands, con­certs and a pa­rade. –

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