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Corey Fleischer thought he was doing the right thing by removing a swastika painted on an old anchor in a small Quebec town. Instead, he says the local mayor threatened to have him removed from the premises.
He runs a graffiti removal company called Provincial Power Washing, but also as the founder of Erasing Hate, he regularly removes hate symbols spray painted on property like garage doors or mailboxes for free.
Last week, he received a tip about a swastika painted on an anchor in a park in Pointe-des-Cascades, Que., just outside Montreal. He had all the necessary equipment. Then, he says, the local mayor showed up.
“The village of Pointe-des-Cascades does not endorse Nazism. Our village has a beautiful community and family spirit, and creates events that bring people together,” Gilles Santerre, mayor of Pointe-des-Cascades, told CBC Montreal. Santerre committed to placing a more descriptive plaque next to the anchor to clarify the local history behind its placement in the park.
Fleisher described the encounter on Tuesday to As It Happens guest host Jim Brown.
Graffiti removal specialist Corey Fleischer says he removes one swastika in Montreal almost every day. (Corey Fleischer )
Could you describe this anchor and the swastika for us?
I got a report from one of my followers that he had seen a swastika in a park … When I got to the park I basically saw something that I had never seen before. It was a World War 2-era anchor sitting…