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Muslims upset by NYPD to boycott mayor's breakfast

Muslims upset by NYPD to boycott mayor's breakfast

Several Muslim leaders in New York City say they've declined invitations to the mayor's annual year-end interfaith breakfast because they're upset about police efforts to infiltrate mosques and spy on Muslim neighborhoods.
The imams and activists say in a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg they're disturbed at his response to a series of stories by The Associated Press detailing New York Police Department intelligence-gathering programs that monitored Muslim groups, businesses and houses of worship. The mayor has defended the police department.
Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser acknowledged Wednesday about a dozen people turned down the breakfast invitation. But he says "a couple dozen" more say they plan to attend.
The Muslim leaders say they appreciate the mayor's staunch support a year ago during an uproar over a planned Islamic center near ground zero.


Updated : 2021-01-16 17:46 GMT+08:00