Advocates rallied at the University of Calgary on Tuesday to support Muslim students after 40 hateful posters were plastered around the school.
The flyers contained vulgar language and said Muslims can "keep their barbaric ways...right where they belong..in your 7th-century homelands." The image also featured a burning Qur’an.
— National Post (@nationalpost) October 5, 2016
University president Elizabeth Cannon said in a statement the posters were "disturbing" and don't reflect the culture of the university.
At the rally, supporters wrote notes of solidarity to the Muslim community:
Members of the campus community gathering in response to anti-Muslim posters found on campus this morning. pic.twitter.com/7exGmWExcw
— U Calgary (@UCalgary) October 4, 2016
— Sam Hossack (@UCGSA_Pres) October 4, 2016
— Raffy Boudjikanian (@CBCRaffy) October 4, 2016
Umair Tazeem, president of the university's Muslim Students' Association, told CBC News the incident won't make him feel unwelcome on the campus.
But some students said the posters make them feel unsafe at the school.
"This is my campus, my community, but part of me feels very scared now,” Lobna Al-Wadeih, who wears a hijab, told the National Post.
— FSC_UCalgary (@FSC_UCalgary) October 4, 2016
Cannon told reporters the incident has been handed over to Calgary police, who are now investigating. She said she hopes the perpetrators are caught and are held accountable.
Premier condemns posters
Last month, similarly profane posters were reported at the University of Alberta in Edmonton targeting Sikh people.
The university removed 12 posters featuring a picture of a Sikh man, profanity about turbans, and a statement calling on people from third-world cultures to leave Canada.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said on Tuesday that both incidents are unacceptable and encouraged people to speak out against that kind of hatred.
With files from The Canadian Press