September 27, 2017 2:24 pm
Updated: September 27, 2017 7:02 pm

Swastika appears on Halifax’s Spring Garden Road

A photo of the swastika graffiti found on Spring Garden Road on September 26, 2017

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A Halifax street that is home to one of Atlantic Canada’s busiest shopping districts displayed a piece of discriminatory graffiti on Tuesday night.

Halifax Regional Police have confirmed that they received a report of swastika graffiti on Spring Garden Road shortly after 9 p.m.

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The marking was found in front of the entrance to Halifax’s Public Gardens

“Police attended and contacted the municipality to have the graffiti removed,” said Cst. Dianne Penfound, a spokesperson for the Halifax Regional Police.

A photo of the swastika made rounds around social media on Tuesday with various groups condemning it.

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Naomi Rosenfeld, the executive director of the Atlantic Jewish Council says that she was shocked and offended to find out that a swastika had appeared.

“My initial reaction, as much as I was shocked and offended by it, was that I know that Canadians widely reject anti-semitism and all forms of hate and I know that this sort of action is not reflective of the Haligonian community at large,” she said.

There is no indication whether any other pieces of discriminatory graffiti were made in the area but Rosenfeld says she can see a positive outcome from the event.

“There’s always more work to be done and there’s always more education that can be had for our community at large,” she said.

— With files from Alexa MacLean

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