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Anti-immigration banner removed from Montreal Olympic Park

An anti-immigration banner was removed from Montreal's Olympic Park Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
An anti-immigration banner was removed from Montreal's Olympic Park Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Atalante Québec / Facebook

An anti-immigration banner on display outside Montreal’s Olympic Stadium has been removed by park officials.

According to Olympic Park spokesperson Cédric Essiminy, the banner was given to Montreal police, and a report has been filed.

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“We don’t allow any kind of banner that is not approved by the park,” Essiminy said.

“As soon as we saw it, we took it down.”

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Essiminy said security guards noticed the #REMIGRATION banner, which had been on display for a couple of hours.

On Facebook, a self-described nationalist group posted photos of the banner with a message accusing the media of swaying public opinion.

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Anti-immigration banners were put up around Quebec City.
Anti-immigration banners were put up around Quebec City. Atalante Québec

Essiminy says the banner was removed around 7:30 a.m. Monday.

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A similar banner was seen in Quebec City last week.

Anti-immigration banners were put up around Quebec City.
Anti-immigration banners were put up around Quebec City. Atalante Québec

Montreal police spokesperson Manuel Couture told Global News his office will be contacting Quebec City authorities.

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“The investigation has been transferred to our hate crimes unit,” Couture said.

“We will have to look if there was a criminal intention behind this act or not.”

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A temporary shelter was set up in early August at the Olympic Stadium to house hundreds of asylum seekers coming in from the Canada-U.S. border.