The pepper spraying of Syrian refugees in Vancouver has prompted sweeping condemnation, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying it doesn’t represent Canada’s attitude toward migrants.
Vancouver Police are investigating the Friday night incident as a hate crime. Police said a large group was gathered outside a Muslim Association of Canada Centre during a “welcome night” for newly arrived Syrian refugees when a man on a bicycle sprayed the crowd.
About 15 people, including children, were treated for exposure to the spray, police said.
“This isn’t who we are — and doesn’t reflect the warm welcome Canadians have offered,” Trudeau posted to Twitter on Saturday.