Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Officials Decry TWENTY Swastikas, Anti-Semitic Scrawls

Local officials and clergy members gathered Monday on a South Medford basketball court hit by anti-Semitic graffiti over the weekend to reject the efforts of vandals to spread hate speech.

“Today, we again say with one voice that these hateful messages and symbols will not be be tolerated in our community, in our home,” said Mayor Michael McGlynn at the press conference.

Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco said around 20 different spots around the Columbus Elementary School and the nearby Columbus Park were hit with the graffiti.

Sacco said more hateful messages were found on street signs on Willis Avenue, across Main Street to Tufts Park and the Curtis Tufts School as well as side streets between Main Street and several Tufts University athletic fields.

He said police suspect the incidents took place between approximately 10 p.m. Saturday until the early morning hours Sunday.

The graffiti included swastikas and statements including “Aryan Pride” among others.

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