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A swastika was painted on a rainbow crosswalk in Toronto

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The vandalized crosswalk | Photo: Twitter @TDotGayCops

Police in Toronto, Canada are investigating the vandalism of a rainbow crosswalk at the intersection of Church and Alexander. On the crosswalk, in the city’s gay neighborhood, someone spray-painted a swastika.

People alerted authorites to the desecration on Friday (3 August).

The LGBTI liason of the department tweeted on Friday that it was done by two people who tried to ‘conceal their identities’. They also called it a ‘despicable hate crime’.

Authorities have revealed no names in association with the vandalism.

A city in trauma

Toronto is a city that has faced many traumas recently, especially in regards to their LGBTI community.

Earlier this year in April, police arrested 25-year-old Alek Minassian for driving a van into pedestrians in the city. 10 people died and another 16 were injured, some critically.

Further, the city has also been wrestling with the investigation of suspected gay serial killer Bruce McArthur. It has led to a contentious relationship with the Toronto police department.

Finally, a report earlier this year revealed hate crimes are on the rise in Toronto.

H/t: CBC

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