A Canadian town says it will not remove swastikas from a public park because it has historical significance.
The Nazi symbols adorn an anchor that was on display in Pointe-des-Cascades, Quebec.
Corey Fleischer, who goes around Montreal removing hateful graffiti, tried to paint over the swastikas.
But the mayor stopped him and had police remove him from the park, arguing the anchor is a part of local history.
The anchor has a plaque that identifies it as a “souvenir of Nazism”, and says it was used in Europe at the end of War, probably on a merchant boat, and found in 1980.
What strikes me about this story is how it mirrors some of the anarchist goons in the U.S. who take it upon themselves to remove or destroy property that they find offensive. Why does this guy think it is appropriate for him to paint other people’s property? Given that this is public property, he can complain about it and petition the local authorities, but it is certainly not his duty or right to deface property that is not his.