A propósito del lamentable incidente ocurrido en Vancouver hace unos días, donde, un grupo de refugiados sirios fue rociado con un elemento tóxico conocido como aerosol de pimienta. El ministro de inmigración canadiense John McCallum envió un comunicado para condenar el hecho y reafirmar el verdadero espíritu que debe prevalecer en el país en cuanto al recibimiento de refugiados.
Minister McCallum issues statement regarding
disturbing incident in Vancouver
Ottawa, January 9, 2016—The Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement:
“I was appalled when I heard of last night’s incident outside the Muslim Association of Canada Centre in Vancouver, in which an unknown assailant pepper sprayed a group of Syrian refugees. Paramedics treated more than two dozen men, women and children for exposure to the noxious substance.
“That the group was there to attend an event welcoming them to Canada only makes this attack even more infuriating and reprehensible.
“Canadians know that this incident is an affront to our values as a nation, and is at odds with the overwhelmingly positive welcome that Syrian refugees have received in communities across our country.
“I am sure that welcoming community spirit will endure, and will grow even stronger in the wake of this disturbing crime. I would also like to assure recently arrived Syrian refugees that those who gathered last night to support and welcome them embody the Canadian spirit. This attack in no way represents their new home.
“As Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, I wish all of the victims of last night’s attack a quick recovery, and I look forward to our police and legal system bringing the perpetrator to justice.”
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