5 December 2015

Poorly Spelled Anti-Muslim Graffiti in Calgary

A couple of days ago, we read an article concerning especially nasty graffiti found spray painted on the walls of a Calgary LRT station and nearby cars:

CBC News Posted: Dec 03, 2015 7:11 PM MT
Last Updated: Dec 03, 2015 8:44 PM MT

Calgary Transit responded to some disturbing graffiti at the Tuscany LRT Station Thursday night.

Bhaveek Makan posted three images to Twitter Thursday evening showing spray painted comments disparaging to Syrian refugees and Muslims.
Several motorists had their cars spray painted, including Tuscany resident Brian Durocher.
Calgary police say they are investigating the incidents and have obtained video surveillance images from Calgary transit of possible suspects.

So far there hasn't been too much said about the incident on most of the sites we monitor, though Jonathan Kotyk did post a message on Stormfront in which he  (a) any racist worth his salt would be able to spell and (b) insisted it was likely the work of "non-whites" or anti-racists:

Kotyk's second claim has been at least partially debunked:

Craftsman Collision in Royal Oak has since offered to repair Brian Durocher's vandalized car for free
CBC News Posted: Dec 04, 2015 2:31 PM MT 
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2015 5:11 PM MT

Calgary police say they have "clear" evidence that two men spray-painted messages urging violence against Muslims and Syrians at the Tuscany LRT station, and the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

"It very clearly is hate-motivated mischief," said Sgt. Eric Levesque, hate crimes co-ordinator with the Calgary Police Service.

The vandalism occurred over the supper hour on Thursday evening, according to police, and the suspects caused "extensive damage" to both levels of the northwest C-Train station, in addition to five vehicles parked outside.

The often misspelled messages included swastikas and white-power symbols and some urged readers to "kill" Muslims and Syrians, making the incident a cut-and-dried hate crime in the eyes of investigators.
The suspects are both described as white men in their 20s or 30s, each standing between 5-foot-10 and six feet in height.

One suspect had short, brown hair and was wearing a plaid button-up shirt with black pants, black runners and what looked like a green jacket. He was seen carrying a black duffel bag and a white recycling bag.

The other suspect is described as having a moustache and goatee. He was seen wearing a black tuque with black pants, a black sweatshirt and a blue winter jacket, and carrying a backpack.

Levesque said the investigation is still in its early stages and police have yet to decide whether to release the CCTV footage.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 403-266-1234 or to Calgary Crime Stoppers anonymously.​

So, while theoretically the vandalism could be (though it is incredibly unlikely) the work of anti-racists trying to frame racists, the perps seem to have been identified as white.

As for the first claim Kotyk made about spelling, we wonder if he's aware of Kyle McKee's poor spelling, at least before he wisely allowed his writing to be proofed before posting?

McKee himself commented on Kotyk's article as well:

It could be anyone, but....

Suspects between 5'10 and 6'. 

Poor spelling. 

Use of "White Nationalist" iconography. 

Affinity for the term, "goof."



Kirby Evans said...

It is an interesting aside that the circle with the cross through is the symbol of the Zodiac killer.

hannah sanger said...

So along with being intellectually challenged the racists can't even spell right? lol