Anti-hate rally held at the damaged Komagata Maru memorial in Vancouver – B.C.

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An anti-hate rally was held at the damaged Komagata Maru memorial in downtown Vancouver on Saturday.

The rally was organized by the West Coast Coalition Against Racism (WCCAR) in response to the vandalism of the memorial.

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“This is a shocking incident of hate,” said WCCAR President Harinder Mahil.

“Whoever did it sends a message that the people depicted in the memorial photographs have no right to be in Canada and that there shouldn’t be a memorial like this.” We are here to condemn the vandalism that has taken place on the site.

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Vancouver police say the glass at the Komagata Maru memorial in Coal Harbor was smashed on Oct. 5. The investigation began on October 4 after officers learned of the vandalism on social media.

“We not only want to find the person who did this, but also understand why this cherished memorial was targeted,” said Const. Jason Doucette, VPD Officer.

“Detectives from a number of specialist VPD units are working together to collect evidence and identify the suspect(s) in this disturbing incident.”

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This is the second time the memorial has been deliberately damaged.

A man named Yuniar Kurniawan has been charged with mischief after paint was used to deface the memorial, in August 2021. The memorial was splattered with white paint and handprints.

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The Komagata Maru Memorial was built to commemorate the 1914 incident when 376 Indian passengers were escorted out of Vancouver’s Coal Harbor aboard the steamer Komagata Maru.

For many Canadians, the name Komagata Maru means little. But what happened on that crowded ship in 1914 has become, for many scholars, emblematic of an entire period in Canadian history characterized by xenophobia, racism and exclusionary immigration policies.

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The 376 Indian passengers were denied entry into the country and sent back across the Pacific Ocean.

You can read more about the Komagata Maru incident on the Global News website.

The West Coast Coalition Against Racism describes itself as a revival of the BC Organization to Fight Racism, which was founded in 1980 to challenge racism and hatred in British Columbia.

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