Threats, vandalism seen in Oregon in wake of attacks
EUGENE — The Indian owner of a Dunkin' Donuts franchise said he has received more than a dozen threatening phone calls since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Vandals also have painted the store windows with graffiti, said Joseph Mungra, a 35-year-old U.S. citizen and native of India.
"I felt like I was in some foreign country," he said.
Eugene police said they have received eight complaints about harassment. Portland officials said they have had similar reports.
Someone slashed a Pakistani man's car tires while he shopped at a Portland-area Target store, police said.
On Sept. 15, a Muslim family reported that someone had spray-painted the word "murder" on the driveway at their home near Vancouver, Wash.
Also, on Sept. 14, an Iraqi convenience-store clerk was threatened by two customers after he asked them for identification so they could buy beer, police said. The men told the clerk they would blow up his homeland and the Arco station where he worked, police said.
Law-enforcement officials said the slurs were isolated, however.
Mungra, who came to the United States in 1981, said he experienced similar abuse as a high-school student in Seattle when Iranians held U.S. hostages after taking over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
"Every time we have problems with the Middle East, we are the ones who get it," he said.