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Hate Graffiti Spray Painted on Capital Crescent Trail

The graffiti of a swastika has been removed and police are investigating, officials said.

A swastika that was spray painted over the weekend on the Capital Crescent Trail near Elm Street in Bethesda has been removed, according to officials.

A photo of the hate graffiti was posted by a Patch reader Saturday on the Bethesda Patch Facebook page. The graffiti was decried by commenters on the Facebook thread, who called the graffiti upsetting and hateful.

“This is both entirely unacceptable and shameful to see in a supposedly enlightened community,” wrote Patch reader Carolyn Elefant via Facebook.

Ken Hartman, Bethesda-Chevy Chase regional services center director, told Patch the graffiti would be removed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership. Montgomery County police would also investigate, Hartman said.

“Sadly, we often find the perpetrators of graffiti to be local young people,” Hartmand wrote via Facebook.

Captain Cook January 01, 2013 at 03:37 AM
But he was a good boy, his liberal parents will say, when he's pinched!
Ajay Bhatt January 01, 2013 at 11:23 PM
FYI - the swastika is an ancient Hindu symbol of auspiciousness. You will find it in all Hindu homes and temples. It was co-opted by Hitler and tilted for his abhorrent use as a symbol for his despicable regime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastik
Ajay Bhatt January 01, 2013 at 11:26 PM
By defining the symbol in a wider context, I am by no means justifying this or any act of defacing public property with malicious or any intent.
Fred Nietzsche January 01, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Actually, this part was incorrect -- llɐɥS no⅄
Joe Thomas January 02, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Who cares?
Captain Cook January 02, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Poor frank, trying to be real. When the kid shows up at YOUR house and sprays hate stuff on your driveway lets see what you say then, O mighty liberal!!
Kurt Zimmermann January 09, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Ajay - you're right, of course. I've seen it in Pueblo Indian art as well. The swastika here is a counter-clockwise one, not the clockwise variant favored by the Nazis. So it would seem the perpetrator was doubly foolish, once for defacing public property with a symbol most Americans associate with hatred and then a second time for not even getting the symbol right.
Kurt Zimmermann January 09, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Ajay - you're right, of course. I've seen it in Pueblo Indian art as well. The swastika here is a counter-clockwise one, not the clockwise variant favored by the Nazis. So it would seem the perpetrator was doubly foolish, once for defacing public property with a symbol most Americans associate with hatred and then a second time for not even getting the symbol right.

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