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Bill Kelly: Justifying criminal activity is never right

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. Global News

I am shocked and disgusted by the people who have come forward to attempt to justify the cowardly acts of violence on Locke Street last weekend.

I read the posting from someone who claims to have been part of the vandalism on Saturday; it sounded like an excerpt from “anarchy for dummies,” replete with all the buzzwords to incite violence.

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

It’s worth noting that Hamilton is a city that has dedicated millions of dollars toward affordable housing projects; we’re part of the Ontario Living Wage Pilot Project and we have some incredible outreach programs that address the problems in our challenged neighbourhoods.

We still have issues, to be sure, but we’re working on it and we’re doing much better than many other cities.

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In that context, it defies logic that these vandals would target Hamilton and especially Locke Street, but then, logic seems to take a back seat to their twisted ideology.

Anarchists, by definition, do not seek social justice, they seek lawlessness and disorder as we witnessed last Saturday.

Let’s be clear; those who conflate social injustice with violence and vandalism, and those community voices and elected officials who validate that behaviour, are not trying to improve our community, they’re trying to tear it apart.

Bill Kelly is the host of Bill Kelly Show on AM 900 CHML and a commentator for Global News

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