Statement on Vandalism at Armenian Community Institutions
I have been informed that Turkish flags have been posted outside and inside of the Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School, and other Armenian schools and churches in Southern California.
I strongly condemn this hateful act of vandalism. It is particularly cruel to those whose family members died in the Armenian Genocide.
I call on law enforcement to make arresting the vandals a high priority.
These incidents may constitute a violation of federal hate-crimes statutes. See 18 U.S.C. Section 247.
Accordingly, I will urge the FBI to investigate this hate crime and federal prosecutors to prosecute to the full extent of the law.