Kelowna City Hall has been hit by anti-pandemic graffiti, covering multiple walls of the building.
The tagging appeared between the evening of Oct. 26 and morning of Oct. 27.
Messages condemn what it refers to as the ‘plandemic’, claiming people survive the virus, but not economic collapse. Tagging on the ground at a nearby entrance says ‘no new normal’.
As of 10:00 a.m., the messages remain on the building. A security guard on duty told the Capital News a service request has been made to deal with the vandalism.
The City of Kelowna said in an email that incidents of socio/political vandalism are not common in the community. They said it will be addressed by staff.
“We recognize that we live in a democracy and people are free to express their opinions, however, when tagging occurs with out the permission of the property owner, it is an act of vandalism,” said the City’s crime prevention supervisor, Colleen Cornock.
Kelowna RCMP confirmed this afternoon they are investigating the anti-COVID-19 messaging.
“This investigation is in it’s infancy. This behaviour is criminal and we will be following all leads to determine who did this graffiti,” said Kelowna RCMP Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-250-762-3300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net
Kelowna City Hall is covered with anti-COVID, conspiracy theorist messaging this morning.
— Michael Rodriguez (@MichaelRdrguez) October 27, 2020
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