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Police investigate hateful graffiti at Sikh Gurdwara

Darpan News Desk Calgary Police, 27 Oct, 2021 03:17 PM
  • Police investigate hateful graffiti at Sikh Gurdwara

Graffiti found on the road outside of the Sikh Society Gurdwara in the southwest is being investigated as a hate-motived crime. We are asking anyone with information on who was responsible to contact us.

Sometime between 9 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, and 7 a.m., the next morning, two hateful phrases were painted on roads outside the temple with arrows pointing towards the building. The Gurdwara is located at 739 81 St S.W., and the two painted phrases were found along 81 Street and Old Banff Coach Road S.W.

“It is unacceptable that anyone in our community feels okay making such derogatory statements about their neighbours, even more so when they went out of their way to make sure that the people they targeted would see it,” said Sergeant Gareth Joels from the Calgary Police Service Hate Crimes and Extremism Unit. “No one should have to read messages like this on their way to worship or anywhere else in our city.”

“Graffiti that targets a particular racial or religious community has far-reaching effects in the community as it makes everyone who sees it question their sense of safety and belonging in our city.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our non-emergency number at 403-266-1234. 

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

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