Recently, images of Canadian police cruisers with Arabic lettering on their sides began circulating on Facebook, alongside claims that the photographs were evidence of ‘Sharia police’ slowily infesting Canada.
CBCWhile Americans were among those objecting to the images, Canadians also took umbrage to what was widely perceived as a new and unwelcome addition to police cars in the province of Ontario.
Slapping the Arabic word for police onto London patrol cars has sparked an online uproar involving thousands of social media posts. In the latest string of racially (What ‘race’ is Islam?) charged incidents in the southern Ontario city, photos of the Arabic decal were posted on Facebook May 30 by a man from Quebec.
Many outraged Facebook users described the photographs as evidence of the “beginning” or “start” of something larger and disruptive to Canadian culture: His comments include the statement: “So it starts. The little toes in the door already.” He also asks the question: “Why is this acceptable?”
The post has already been shared nearly 12,000 times with several people adding similar ‘xenophobic’ opinions. Those posts have led to dozens of calls to London police with people asking to have them removed.
“We have received a number of emails, a number of inquiries, a number of phone calls,” said Const. Sandasha Bough. “It was a means of being inclusive of the diverse members within the city of London,” she told CBC News.