Second case of anti-Asian vandalism reported in Toronto in under 48 hours

Mar 26 2021, 9:16 am

Toronto Police are investigating after racist graffiti targeting the Asian community was discovered downtown for the second time less than 48 hours.

Police said officers were called to the area of Church Street and Gould Street, near Yonge-Dundas Square, around 12:30 pm on March 25 for reports of a hate crime.

According to police, vandalism that had been discovered on a concrete pillar attached to a building contained “racial slurs directed against the Asian community.”

The vandalism is “similar in nature” to other hate-motivated graffiti that was reported in Cabbagetown on March 23.

“Investigators believe these incidents are linked and both are being investigated as hate crimes,” police said. “The Service’s specialized Hate Crime Unit continues to assist with both investigations.”

Anyone with information or security camera footage of the area is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers via 416-222-8477.

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