At least three Winnipeg buildings were vandalized overnight Wednesday with messages like “Shut Down KKKanada” and “Land Back.”
The Manitoba RCMP D Division headquarters on Portage Avenue, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and MP Dan Vandal’s office were tagged after some protest blockades were dismantled across the country.
The RCMP building was tagged, along with the wall and the monument out front, with the words “F*** RCMP” scrawled on it.
At Vandal’s office, messages sprayed included “U Fail Us” and “Do Better.”
Over at the CMHR, graffiti with ACAB (an acronym for ‘All Cops are Bastards’) and more swear words were painted near the steps.
Nationwide rail and road blockades have been popping up for weeks as a show of support for the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in northwestern B.C. who oppose a natural gas pipeline project cutting across their traditional territory.
In the last two days, demonstrators have set up new sites in Ontario and Quebec, including one that has affected a major commuter rail system serving a huge swath of southern Ontario.
Const. Rob Carver told 680 CJOB Wednesday they were made aware early Wednesday morning.
“We’re investigating them as linked,” said Carver, adding it speaks to the level of passion and emotion people have about the protests across the country.
However, he said, it’s unfortunate that people are vandalizing public property. “I get that people are upset but I’m unsure how this action gets anyone’s message across.”
Global News has reached out to RCMP, Dan Vandal’s office and the CMHR for comment.
Vandal’s office was recently the site of an office sleep-in for 11 days, where youth protesters were trying to get the minister of northern affairs to commit to their demands, which included condemning the actions of the B.C. RCMP removing Indigenous people from Wet’suwet’en territory.
Vandal met with the protesters three times during their occupation of the office earlier in February.
Another demonstration is planned for Portage and Main between 3 and 5 p.m. Wednesday.
-With files from Joe Scarpelli and Global National
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