COQUILTAM (NEWS 1130) — Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart is outraged that racist graffiti has been spotted along the CGV trail in his community.
Stewart is reacting to photos being shared on social media that show swastikas and white supremacist hate symbols on a utility box. He says this kind of hatred can’t be tolerated.
“We should be really harsh in trying to make sure hatred doesn’t get spewed in our streets and in our parks,” he says.
Just off the phone with @RichardStewart about graffiti on the CVG Trail. He says when graffiti fosters hatred, it shouldn't be allowed in the community: "We should be really harsh in trying to make sure that hatred doesn't get spewed in our streets and in our parks." @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/0RPRiZYfPB
— Lauren Boothby (@laurby) June 5, 2019
He says he and council are condemning the actions.
“We join in condemning this kind of behaviour, this stupidity. It’s shallow, it’s ignorant, and it’s hateful,” he says.
Metro Vancouver has since said it would be sending staff to clean it up, and they will be filing a police report.