Muslim Woman Running for City Mayor in Minnesota Receives Death Threats
Regina Mustafa is running for mayor in the city of Rochester, Minnesota, where almost 12,000 of the city’s 114,000 population is Muslim.
She said a threat to “execute her” was made online by “Militia Movement” earlier this week.
“I have no way of knowing if the person is nearby or across the country,” Regina told the Post-Bulletin.
On her Twitter account, Regina said: “It won’t derail me. But any threats must be taken seriously. No one should feel threatened when wanting to serve their community in elected office.”
In response to the threat, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) requested police to investigate the matter.
“We urge state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate this implicit threat of violence targeting a member of a minority community seeking to take part in our nation’s political process,” said Jaylani Hussein, CAIR Minnesota chapter’s executive director.
According to a report in the Star Tribune, Mustafa had people shout at her from passing cars.
The report adds that a man walked up to her at a coffee shop last year and told her to “go home”.
Rochester Police Department told The Independent that it was investigating the incident.
“I’m concerned they’re considering this as harassment,” she said.
“I’ve suffered harassment. I know what harassment is. This is a threat.”