Sacramento area's Slavic, Muslim groups condemn Boston Marathon bombings

04/24/2013 12:00 AM

04/24/2013 8:10 AM

Sacramento's Slavic and Muslim American communities – representing more than 100,000 people in the region – have come together to condemn the horrific Boston Marathon bombings and the alleged perpetrator, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen immigrant from Russia.

"Our community stands in solidarity with the brave people of Boston and Watertown – our thoughts and prayers are with them," said Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento chapter of the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR).

"As Americans, we are a united force against any form of tyranny, whether it be in the form of terrorism or otherwise," Elkarra added. "Terrorism has no allegiance to faith or ethnicity, and we have been witness to that over the past few years. What happened in Boston and Watertown last week does not reflect on anyone except for those who carried it out. It is not a reflection of ethnic identity, religion, or national affiliation."

Elkarra was joined by Sergey Terebkov, president of Sacramento's Slavic American Chamber of Commerce. "In the aftermath of the capture of the alleged Boston bomber, the Slavic American Chamber of Commerce cautions against assumptions," Terebkov said. "Russian Americans immigrated to this country seeking opportunities, upward mobility and economic success for themselves and their children.

"We condemn the actions of the Boston Marathon bombers and we caution that statements judging a group based on any ethnic or geographic origin can be harmful to honorable, law-abiding Russian Americans."

For information on the Slavic American Chamber of Commerce, visit http://slavicamericanchamber.org, and on the Council on American Islamic Relations, visit http://ca.cair.com/sacval.

Call The Bee's Stephen Magagnini, (916) 321-1072. Follow him on Twitter @stevemagagnini.

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