Two more swastika flags found in Windsor

A swastika is seen planted outside Hotel Dieu-Grace Healthcare in Windsor, April 6, 2021. Photo courtesy Janice Kaffer/Twitter.

Windsor Police say two more flags, designed to look like the Canadian flag but with a swastika in the middle, have been found in the city.

This time, the flags were posted on the front lawn of a home on Riverside Drive West between Janette Avenue and Bruce Avenue, and Byng Road near Windsor Regional Hospital.

Police got the call about the one near the hospital last Thursday afternoon and the second just 45 minutes later. However, police think the one on Riverside Drive had been there for a couple of days.

The signs look very similar to ones posted last Tuesday on Tecumseh Road East between MacDougall and Mercer Streets and last Wednesday on the grounds at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare on Prince Road.

Police consider it a hate crime since the swastika was a symbol used by the Nazis in Germany in the 1930s and 1940s.

“These crimes will not be tolerated, and the Windsor Police works closely with our community partners to eliminate these incidents from our communities,” said a release from Windsor Police on Tuesday. “The Windsor Police Service denounces all criminal acts, especially those that promote hatred toward anyone. They have a harmful impact on victims as well as the community.”

Police hope anyone with a business or home in those areas with surveillance cameras will review the footage and give them a call if they see anything suspicious.

Those with information can also call the Windsor Police Morality Unit at 519-255-6700 ext. 4343 or ext. 400, Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477, or leave a tip online at www.catchcrooks.com.