Election signs of 2 North Vancouver candidates defaced with offensive graffiti

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The election signs of two provincial election candidates in the riding of North Vancouver-Lonsdale have been defaced.

On Sunday evening, BC Liberal candidate Naomi Yamamoto, who is currently serving as Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, posted the photo of one of her election signs, which has been marked with a Swastika sign and red paint. She captioned the photo with, “This is not my B.C.”

The tweet prompted messages of support from other social media users and at least one running mate in Abbotsford South, MLA Darryl Plecas, who said “[the situation] is revolting and has absolutely no place in our province and communities.”
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Some of Yamamoto’s opponents also pitched in with their reactions.

BC Green Party candidate for North Vancouver-Seymour tweeted to say, “Regardless of political views, this extremely offensive display is completely unacceptable. Greens stand against it too.”

Another Green Party candidate, Greg Powell — who is running in Richmond South Centre — also left a comment on Yamamoto’s Twitter thread saying, “I’m so sorry that happened. Nobody should have to experience that.”

In an emailed statement, Yamamoto told Global News she deeply appreciates the outpouring of support from across party lines in response to what took place.

“My team and I are not going to allow this to distract us from communicating positively with people of North Vancouver,” she said.

Monday morning, Yamamoto’s NDP rival Bowinn Ma also Tweeted a photo of her election sign being defaced in a similar way.

Yamamoto responded to Ma on Twitter saying, “Sorry to hear you’re experiencing the same. Unacceptable.”

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