Another round of anti-Islamic hate flyers appeared in Edmonton mailboxes over the weekend. This time the anonymously delivered hate literature was dropped in mailboxes in the north side communities of Evansdale and Calder. City police say this is the fifth such complaint of anti-Muslim hate literature showing up in recent weeks.
EPS Spokesman Scott Pattison tells Global News it’s tips from the public that are what’s going to help them put a stop to this sort of behavior.
“It’s really critical that we have participation from the community, and they have been phoning us, but we really are hoping that one of these tips comes in very expeditiously will lead us to the perpetrator or perpetrators behind these flyers.”
Alannah Davis lives in Calder and she says that when she saw the hateful flyer, she didn’t hesitate to call police.
“It’s one of those things that you hear about on the news, you don’t expect it to happen to you. It’s the same mantra as bullying, if you’re standing around and doing nothing, you’re just as bad as the bully.”
Founder of the Make it Awkward campaign Jessie Lipscombe says he wants to keep seeing Edmontonians taking a stance against this kind of hate.
“Not just people from Muslim faith or Islam faith or Sikh faith or black or gay, but people in general who have good hearts and who understand what we’re supposed to be as a country are getting exhausted seeing this type of thing happening over and over and over.”
City Councillor Bev Esslinger says these sentiments are incompatible with the Edmonton she knows.
“To target people’s beliefs, to target people telling them they have to go back, I mean, many of them were born and raised here. That is ridiculous.”
Esslinger adds that Edmonton is a city for everyone.
Police say they’re hoping someone will notice when this literature is being dropped off, and can snap a photo of whoever is doing it, or take note of their license plate.