VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A man has been charged in connection with racist graffiti that was found at the Chinese Cultural Centre on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside almost exactly one year ago.
Police believe a man walked into the courtyard of the cultural centre on Keefer Street on April 2, 2020 and scrawled racist remarks against Asian people on four large glass windows.
Yves Castonguay was charged on March 30, 2021 for public incitement of hatred and mischief to property. The 47-year-old did not show up in court and is now wanted on a B.C.-wide warrant.
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There has been a spike in anti-Asian hate crimes in the past year.
“Vancouver Police saw a 717 per cent increase in crimes that contained an element of hate, bias, and prejudice last year, with people of East Asian descent being the primary targets,” Const. Tania Visintin said. “The criminal charge for public incitement of hatred is a serious, specific charge that is rarely used. We are pleased that investigators were able to secure it.”
If you see Castonguay or know where he might be, you are asked to call the police.
We are committed to keeping our community safe. If you have experienced a hate-related incident because of your ethnicity, please report it to police. Reporting forms for these incidents are also available in Chinese: https://t.co/pZFpgFYPb8 #PublicSafety pic.twitter.com/Q4Vfnrchpl
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) April 7, 2021
If you are a victim of a hate crime or witness one, the VPD is urging you to call 9-1-1.