WASHINGTON (Circa) - Flyers promoting April 3 as "Punish a Muslim day" are circulating on social media and call for attacks to be made on individuals practicing the Muslim faith. The disturbing flyers then state they will award points for the attacks.
These flyers have appeared in Maryland, Oregon, and the United Kingdom.
In Maryland, the flyers called for verbal abuse, throwing acid and burning or bombing a mosque.
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NEW: Takoma Park Police say this is the type of flyer a resident received re: "Punish a Muslim day."— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) April 3, 2018
It sets a crude point system, with promised rewards:
10 pts. for verbally assaulting a Muslim individual
50 pts. for tossing acid on their face
1000 pts. to burn/bomb a mosque pic.twitter.com/6UtX6nWTun
Police from Takoma Park told WJLA that they are aware of these flyers.
"We're encouraging the community to be vigilant and to have open lines of communication with the police department," police said in a statement. "And, if you feel in danger, call police immediately."
In Portland, Oregon the Portland Public Schools said that the Islamic Center of Portland sent an alert out to families of the faith to give them an idea of what the flyer might look like. A student at one of the family’s homes that received the alert reported it to the local school district, according to a KATU report.
A representative from the public school system said no one at this time has been targeted to receive the flyer, but it has shown up online within the community.
The Portland Police Bureau said they are monitoring the situation and how these flyers are being distributed.
A note from PPS about April 3. Translated versions in Arabic, Somali, Swahili, Farsi, Kurdish, Urolu, Turkish, Albanian, Dari, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese will be available later this evening at https://t.co/ifrZwBPWFB pic.twitter.com/8DjjUequRU— Portland Public Sch. (@PPSConnect) April 2, 2018
In the United Kingdom, these fliers are also frightening practitioners of the Muslim faith. Several nondescript plain white letters were sent to people in at least six communities in England in the
Public officials have encouraged Muslims to go about their day and ignore the fear-mongering, according to a report by the BBC. The report also said that despite the comments on social media, they had not received any credible information that any criminal activity will take place.
The BCC also reported a group that advocates ending Muslim hate crime called “Tell Mama,” has published safety tips on Twitter and advised victims of hate crime to report the abuses to Police.
#WeStandTogether: If extremists seek division, we rise above. If extremists cause harm, we rise above. If you face anti-Muslim hate, we rise to help. Speak to Tell MAMA in confidence.— TellMAMAUK (@TellMamaUK) April 3, 2018
Keep our safety tips in mind as you go about your day 👇 pic.twitter.com/QefyPWxU8a