Another pride crosswalk has been vandalized in B.C., this time in Nanaimo.
The Nanaimo RCMP say it happened over the weekend at Bastion Street and Commercial Street.
“Considering that the crosswalk was painted to recognize the LGBTQ2+ community in Nanaimo, this incident is being treated as a hate-motivated mischief. If a suspect is positively identified and charges laid, this factor may be considered by the courts as an aggravating factor, ” said Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O’Brien.
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A still image was obtained of a man walking towards the crosswalk between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., carrying a can of paint and a paint brush. RCMP released the photo of the suspect, in hopes someone may recognize him.
The crosswalk was painted to represent and honour members of the LGBTQ2+ community back in 2016.
It’s not the first incident connected to pride crosswalks in recent days. Last week, someone poured white paint on the iconic Vancouver crosswalk in the city’s West End.
The rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of Davie and Bute Streets was defaced on Canada Day. This action does not represent the spirit of our community, and we hope that we will see a fresh, bright coat of paint for this Pride season.https://t.co/pxQ8VYFQoW
— West End Seniors' Network (@WestEndSeniors) July 5, 2021
Last year, a freshly painted crosswalk in West Vancouver was defaced with tire marks. A suspect in that case was later identified, according to police.
If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.
With files from Sonia Aslam