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Hamilton anarchist group denies involvement but has ‘zero tears to shed’ for Locke Street

Hamilton police linking vandalism by mob to weekend anarchist book fair
Tue, Mar 6: Hamilton police say they've now received enough tips and gathered enough evidence to connect a weekend anarchist book fair to Saturday night's act of vandalism near the downtown core. Shallima Maharaj has the update.

A local anarchist group has released a statement in response to Saturday’s mob vandalism on Locke Street.

In its Facebook post, The Tower states that the door to its Cannon Street building has been smashed in by “far right goons” who also trashed its free community library.

READ MORE: Hamilton police link anarchist book fair, Locke street vandalism investigation

The group also states that “no, the actions on Locke and Aberdeen on Saturday night were not organized by the Tower, but yes, we support what happened and are in solidarity with those who carried them out.”

It goes on to say that “a family being evicted because of gentrification is far worse that the destruction of property” and “we have zero tears to shed for Locke Street.”

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Hamilton Police Det.-Sgt. Michael Cunliffe confirmed on Tuesday that investigators have linked an anarchist book fair held at Westdale Secondary School over the weekend with Saturday night’s incident on Locke.

READ MORE: Hamilton police say Locke Street vandalism appears to have been well-planned

Police have not provided any details on what that evidence may be.