Three Winnipeg buildings — including local RCMP headquarters and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights — were vandalized overnight with slogans slamming police and Canada.
Winnipeg police are investigating after the graffiti appeared at those locations and on the office of Winnipeg Liberal MP Dan Vandal, with phrases including “F— the RCMP,” “Shut down KKKanada” and “land back.”
Const. Rob Carver said police were made aware of the graffiti Wednesday morning. Investigators believe the three acts of vandalism are connected.
Carver said he couldn’t comment on the investigation, or whether investigators have access to any video footage of the buildings.
Slogans painted on Vandal’s office include “Stolen land,” “U fail us” and “Do better.”
The graffiti follows outrage in communities across Canada after police arrested 10 people at a rail blockade near Belleville, Ont., on Monday.
The blockade went up on Feb. 6, as Mohawks of Tyendinaga demonstrated in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the construction of a $6-billion Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline in that region.
Carver wouldn’t say who police believe is responsible. He said he doesn’t believe graffiti will impact public opinion.
“I don’t see how someone thinks that’s going to change the opinion of regular citizens. As a matter of fact, I think it probably hardens opinions,” Carver said.
“My guess is it’s counterproductive, but I understand the passions involved, and the intensity of the concerns.”