racist graffiti

Multiple cars in Canada were just spray-painted with racist graffiti

Approximately 11 vehicles were spray-painted with racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in Edmonton on Thursday, with anonymous vandals painting swastikas, curse words and other hateful language on the cars.

Karla Vasquez-Oteiza said she and her partner were out walking their dog around 1:30 a.m. in a business area when they happened upon the spray-painted vehicles. They came across two vehicles first. 

"I couldn't believe it," she told Freshdaily, adding that they called the police right away.

After Vasquez-Oteiza gave the police the vehicles' license plate details, she and her partner continued walking, which is when they spotted about eight or nine more vehicles that had been vandalized — including their own.

"It definitely was disheartening to see," she said.

Although Vasquez-Oteiza and her partner phoned the police back immediately after to report the additional vandalized cars, they were told police wouldn't be available to check out the vehicles until the morning since they were having a busy night.

Vasquez-Oteiza said she and her partner had purchased their vehicle about two weeks prior to the incident.

She added that the graffiti was "only on the windows" of their car, and they managed to get it off with rubbing alcohol.

Although Vasquez-Oteiza describes herself as a Person Of Colour, she says she doesn't believe the attack was targeted.

Multiple Canadians have reached out to Vasquez-Oteiza on social media following the incident to express their support, including the leader of Alberta's NDP, Rachel Notley.

"This is completely unacceptable," Notley wrote on Thursday. "I'm so sorry this happened to you and your neighbours!"

Edmonton police have yet to issue any statement on the vandalized vehicles.

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