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Election volunteer verbally harassed by stranger while campaigning

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A Vancouver volunteer for one of the election campaigns says she felt threatened while on the job. Miranda Li was with a small group of others on Cambie St. and Broadway St. on Election Day campaigning for Vancouver First school trustee candidates Sophia Woo and Ken Denike.

Li says she was just out holding signs and ended up getting verbally harassed by a stranger, calling it a “terrifying experience.” The newcomer to Canada says an unknown woman came over their way shouting at them, spat on and vandalized their signs with a marker.

She says that’s not the behaviour she expected in a democratic country. “It should be quite peaceful and full of hope because maybe there’s some change, and also feel free to do the things when you campaign.”

She says she was very frightened and didn’t know how to respond. She didn’t directly approach the stranger, allowing her do what she wanted as to not to provoke her. “We were very scared. We just left the signs alone and let her do what she wanted to do. We didn’t interfere with her too much.”

Li and the group contacted police and adds they are investigating the incident.