'We got their back': Outremont residents draw hearts to counter swastikas left in snow
Someone drew swastikas on cars on Hutchison St., prompting community members to spread positive messages
The swastikas started showing up Sunday night, scrawled in the snow on cars parked on Hutchinson Street, on the border of Montreal's Mile End and Outremont neighbourhoods.
They were on windows and on windshields, drawn on cars in an area many Hasidic Jews call home, a week after a gunman opened fire on a mosque and killed six people practising their faith.
It didn't take long for some in the neighbourhood to counter that "message of hate," as one community leader called it, with messages of love.
Feig said he wasn't shocked by the news — this isn't the first time he's seen this kind of thing.
Synagogues, kosher bakeries and even election campaign posters have been vandalized with the Nazi party emblem in the past.
"They do it for one reason: just to show you that there's still people out there that hate you, and to make you feel unwanted in this place," he said.
Feig said seeing the symbols in their community makes people feel uncomfortable. He contacted police, who he commended for being quick to respond.
Montreal police say the file has been transferred to their hate crimes section.
A heartening response
Outremont resident Sarah Dorner heard about the incident and said it upset her.
"It was very disappointing because this is our community. It's where we're raising our kids," she said.
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Dorner said it's important "for our friends who are targeted by messages of hate, that we remind them that we care about them, and that we're there. We got their back."
Feig said the gesture was nice to see.
"I think it's beautiful. We need a lot more Sarahs."
with files from Shaun Malley, CBC Montreal's Daybreak