Sunday, August 27, 2017

Canadian town refuses to remove swastikas from park as mayor defends local history

A Canadian village has refused to remove swastikas from a local park after an activist tried to paint over the controversial symbols.

The Nazi emblems are on an anchor that is on display in Pointe-des-Cascades, about 50 miles west of Montreal in Quebec.

Corey Fleischer, founder of a group called Erasing Hate, was trying to paint over the symbols last Thursday when he was stopped by the local mayor, Gilles Santerre, who called police to have him removed from the park.

"The village of Pointe-des-Cascades does not endorse Nazism," Mr Santerre said in a statement on Tuesday. "Our village has a beautiful community and family spirit, and creates events that bring people together."

Stressing it was part of the area's local history, he said the anchor, which belonged to a merchant vessel, predated the Second World War and was discovered by divers 25 years ago.

He cited a Radio Canada article that said the swastika was a symbol of peace before 1920.

The mayor sad the symbols would not be removed, but promised to place a more descriptive plaque next to the anchor to clarify its history.

Mr Fleischer, who believes the anchor should be in a museum, acknowledged the swastika was originally a religious icon that represented good luck.



Bird of Paradise said...

Cory Fleischer like most all whining liberals consiters anything they feel makes whining little snowflakes cry as hate symbols like Golliwogs and american flags

Anonymous said...

Yes - the best solution to all these cases of "unpopular" historical monuments/statues/etc. (whether re WWII or the US Civil War or any other era) is just to leave them alone and simply place a plaque against them explaining in full what they represent according to current understanding.
It's very dangerous to censure "History", or else each generation will remove what doesn't suit its current ethos - and so eventually the only ones existing will be those placed by the generation of the day (and so in turn likely to be removed by the next or later generation). In short - it's Orwell's "1984".

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

More innocints were murdered under the Hammer & Psycle then under the Swastika