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Sikh, Muslim and Hindu memorial vandalized: “A despicable act of hate”

The defaced monument acknowledges a “dark chapter of racism” in Canada.

The Komagata Maru Memorial in Vancouver was vandalized over the weekend in what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a “despicable act of hate.” The memorial, which acknowledges the 376 Sikh, Muslim and Hindu people aboard a ship in 1914 who were denied entry to Canada, was defaced with white paint and handprints.

Jindi Singh, the national director of Khalsa Aid Canada, shared a video of the vandalism over the names of the individuals on the ship, confirming that his great uncle had been aboard. Singh confirmed yesterday that the City of Vancouver had already begun cleaning off the paint.

Komagata Maru Memorial vandalized

Trudeau spoke of the “dark chapter of racism” in Canada that the monument marks. After the ship was forced to return to India, 19 passengers were shot and others were injured or jailed for being political agitators.

“The vandalism of the Komagata Maru Memorial in Vancouver is a despicable act of hate. The memorial is a reminder of a dark chapter of racism in our history. Acts of hate like this have no place in our country and we will continue to fight against it.“

—Justin Trudeau

Sikh, Muslim and Hindu memorial vandalized: “A despicable act of hate”

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole also released statements condemning the vandalism.

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