UPDATE: Sunday, April 5 — Winnipeg police have charged an 18-year-old man in connection to the graffiti.
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Three Winnipeg buildings were hit with graffiti overnight, including the RCMP ‘D’ Division headquarters.
Pictures on social media Wednesday showed red spray paint also covering surfaces of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the constituency office of Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal.
Graffiti outside RCMP headquarters showed monuments tagged with profanities, and phrases reading: “F*** RCMP,” “Shut Down KKKanada” and “Land Back”
Outside MP Dan Vandal’s constituency office on St. Mary’s Road, vandals spray-painted the words “U Fail Us Do Better” and “Stolen Land.”
Police say in a written statement that they are investigating the three instances of graffiti as being linked, but not as a hate crime.
Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen denounced the vandalism and said the provincial government is eyeing a proposed law in Alberta that would stiffen penalties for protesters who shut down critical economic infrastructure, including railways.
“Certainly when it comes to vandalism like this, again, it’s just so unfortunate that people will stoop to these types of endeavours,” Cullen said Wednesday.
“We will stand beside the police. We know they’re facing challenges. They have a difficult job to do, but certainly they use their expertise in making the decisions they do.”
Today, our beloved monument honouring #rcmpmb officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, was vandalized. From those in the Great March West to those that served just a few months ago, every name holds a story of sacrifice & commitment to a greater cause. pic.twitter.com/8aaiCTFMIY
— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) February 26, 2020
Canadian Museum of Human rights here in Winnipeg got tagged in solidarity with what’s going on in kkkanada. “Is this the future you want?” #WetsuwetenStrong @realpeoplesmedi pic.twitter.com/VTdBxHK2Qa
— Kolten (@koltengrows) February 26, 2020
— With files from The Canadian Press