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Calls for hate crime probe after bacon left outside Rochester mosque

Community members turned out to show their support for the mosque on Sunday.

Muslim leaders are calling for a probe into what they say is a hate crime after bacon was left outside a Rochester mosque.

The Council of American-Islamic Relations Minnesota (CAIR—MN) says the bacon was found by the front door and in the parking lot of the Abubakar Islamic Center on Saturday, which was reported to local police.

On Sunday, dozens of community members turned out at the mosque to show their support for the local Muslim population.

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"As with a number of similar attempted acts of religious desecration nationwide, the use of pork products to target an Islamic institution is a clear indicator of a bias motive and should be investigated as a possible hate crime,” said CAIR-MN executive director Jaylani Hussein in a news release.

Pork products are sometimes used in hate crimes targeting Muslims, who are prohibited by their religion from consuming pork.

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The incident in Rochester comes just a few weeks after a Muslim family complained that they were subjected to biased treatment at a Red Lobster in Rochester, after claiming they were ignored and then mocked as they attempted to break their Ramadan fast.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reports that around 80 people turned out to show their support for the downtown Rochester mosque in a vigil on Sunday.

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