Thursday, September 8, 2011
As tweeted by @CJPAC (Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee) and reported by Pamela Roth for Canoe.ca, a swastika was carved into Castle Downs Park's Edmonton Hill.
A mother and her two young boys came across the disturbing symbol on Wednesday while playing on the playground in the park. The night before a group of young males had been seen jumping the temporary fence.
Constable Patrick Ruzage of the city police said while it is not uncommon to see graffiti around town especially in the summer months while school is out, the size of the swastika carved is rare.
Councilor Amrjeet Sohi, leader of the Racism Free Edmonton initiative, hopes the vandalism was merely a thoughtless act, rather than a co-ordinated effort to make a racist statement. In a statement made by Sohi, the councilor said, "This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable. This does not reflect what Edmonton is all about."
City crews have since removed the swastika and will likely have to seed the ground again as it continues to renew the look of the park.
In related news former Christian Dior designer John Galliano was found guilty of antisemitic remarks and racist behaviour. Full story on Heebonics.ca