Police investigating possible hate crime after Muslim prayer space vandalized at Pearson Airport in Mississauga

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Published March 27, 2021 at 11:55 pm

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Police are investigating what they call a possible hate crime at Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

Pearson said in a statement today that they were aware of vandalism to the Muslim prayer area at the Terminal 3 Aviation Interfaith Ministry, which acts as a multi-faith prayer area.

According to police, the area was left disheveled and books were scattered on the floor.

The vandalism was reported on Friday evening, March 26.

“Everyone at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority strongly condemns any acts that attempt to erode freedom of belief and expression,” Pearson said.

“To everyone travelling for essential purposes and arriving at Toronto Pearson today, but especially to our Muslim brothers and sisters, we ask that you do not let the acts of a few overshadow the values that Canadians hold dear.”

Police are working with the airport to investigate this incident have no suspect description at this time.

More information to come as the investigation continues.

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