Hoboken, NJ Mayor condemns recent hate crimes against Sikhs

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla. Photo: X @RaviBhalla

Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla, the first Sikh Mayor in New Jersey, condemned the recent hate crimes against Sikh-Americans in New York.

In a statement released October 22, 2023, the Mayor said, “I am disturbed and saddened by the recent hate crimes that have shaken the Sikh community in Richmond Hill, New York, where one Sikh man was assaulted and an attempt was made to forcibly remove his turban, and another senior Sikh individual was subjected to a violent assault and died of his injuries.”

“These reprehensible acts of hate and violence strike at the heart of our shared American values of unity, diversity, and acceptance,” the Mayor asserted.

“In these moments it is important that we come together to reaffirm our shared commitment to fostering a climate of understanding and compassion for our friends and neighbors, everywhere,” he said.

“As a public official and Hoboken’s Mayor, I pledge to speak out and take action against any form of hatred, intolerance, or discrimination and to remember that diversity is our strength,” Mayor Bhalla emphasized.



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