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Man arrested, then released without bail, for destroying Gandhi statue in NYC

  • Sukhpal Singh, 27, was arrested for his alleged role in vandalizing a Mahatma Gandhi statue outside the Shri Tulsi Mandir in Queens, New York City, on Aug. 16.
  • Surveillance footage of the incident shows five people pushing over the statue and taking turns smashing it with a sledgehammer.
  • The statue was found decapitated with all four limbs severed, along with the words “Kutta Dog” graffitied on its back.
  • Singh was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime, criminal mischief in the second degree and aggravated harassment in the first degree.
  • He was released without bail following his arraignment on Sunday.

A man has been arrested and charged in connection to the early morning vandalism of a Mahatma Gandhi statue in Queens, New York City, last month.

Sukhpal Singh, 27, was apprehended on Saturday for the Aug. 16 incident at the Shri Tulsi Mandir, a Hindu temple located at 103-24 111th St. in South Richmond Hill.

‘Such racism’: Vandals attack billboards of 3 Asian candidates in New Zealand

  • Three candidates of Asian descent running for a seat in Auckland, New Zealand — Howick Ward Councilor Paul Young, first-time candidate Vinson Yu and Auckland mayoral candidate Robert Hu — were recently targeted by suspects who vandalized campaign billboards with the candidates’ faces.
  • "It's very bad for young east Asian or ethnic candidates who want to stand up to make a contribution for our community and Tāmaki Makaurau... such racism, it's not acceptable,” Young told RNZ’s news show “Morning Report.”
  • “I have been living here for [the] last 33 years ... Aotearoa New Zealand is our home – is my home – so it should not happen like this,” Young added.
  • Yu, who is running for a seat on the Howick Local Board, was disheartened after seeing his billboard defaced along Bucklands Beach.
  • Meanwhile, Hu told "Morning Report" that he has already reported a similar incident to the police and the Human Rights Commission.
  • The Human Rights Commission is now investigating the case, Commissioner Meng Foon said.

Three candidates of Asian descent running for a seat in Auckland, New Zealand, were recently targeted by suspects who vandalized campaign billboards with the candidates’ faces.

Paul Young, Howick Ward’s current councilor who is running for a seat again this year, raised concerns to RNZ’s news show “Morning Report” after learning that his face on over 20 billboards was either covered with white paint or cut out. The picture of his running mate, Howick Local Board member Bo Burns, has not been targeted by vandals.

Vandalism of second Gandhi statue in New York City prompts calls for hate crime charges

  • A Mahatma Gandhi statue outside a Hindu temple in South Richmond Hill in Queens, New York, was vandalized on Aug. 3.
  • The toppled-over statue saw its arm cracked and its hand broken into pieces.
  • Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar, the first Hindu American elected for office in New York state, held a press conference on Tuesday to denounce the incident, which she described as a hate crime against the Hindu community.
  • However, Jagpreet Singh, political director at Desis Rising Up and Moving, a local group focused on low-wage South Asians, cautioned against calling the incident a hate crime, citing possible political motivations or differences within the Indian community.
  • The incident follows a similar vandalism against a Gandhi statue in Union Square in February.

Nearly six months after a life-sized Mahatma Gandhi statue was vandalized in New York City’s Union Square, another in South Richmond Hill suffered a similar fate last week, according to reports.

The incident occurred on Aug. 3 and involved the Gandhi statue outside the Shri Tulsi Mandir, a Hindu temple located at 103-24 111th St. Photos released by Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar — the first Hindu American elected for office in New York state — show the statue toppled over, its arm cracked and hand broken into pieces.

SF restaurant owner frustrated after city fines him because of constant graffiti on his business

A business owner expressed his frustration over the repeated graffiti vandalism of his San Francisco restaurant after receiving a violation notice from the city to clean up or be fined. 

Viet Nguyen, owner of the soon-to-open Gao Viet Kitchen in the Inner Sunset, told NBC Bay Area that he is tired of his restaurant being targeted by vandals and repeatedly having to paint over the graffiti. 

Salon vandalized after being misidentified as business of Orlando woman in anti-Asian rant video

  • Iris Mejia, owner of Beauty Bar Orlando, has reportedly been receiving death threats since June 13 after a woman with a similar business was filmed hurling anti-Asian abuse at employees of a local seafood restaurant.
  • The woman in the video, identified as Elizabeth Knighton, is seen and heard telling manager Kristen Nguyen “You are a Chinese bitch” and “Take your ass back to your country, ching-chong.”
  • Knighton reportedly owns Baldwin-based Bodi Beauty Bar, which has since taken down its Google listing.
  • Over the weekend, Mejia saw her salon vandalized with “Go back to your cage” and “bitch monkey.”
  • Mejia has started a GoFundMe page to help her business and employees recover from losses.

A beauty salon in Orlando has become the target of racist vandalism after being misidentified as a business owned by a woman who was filmed making anti-Asian comments at a local restaurant last week.

Iris Mejia, owner of Beauty Bar Orlando, said she has been receiving death threats since June 13, soon after the incident at King Cajun Crawfish took place and the video in question was posted on social media.

‘NO G**KS’: San Leandro man arrested for vandalizing neighbor’s home with anti-Asian graffiti

  • Nicholas Swyers, 25, was arrested on Monday for allegedly spray-painting a home in San Leandro, California, with anti-Asian graffiti.
  • The property, which is being sold, first experienced vandalism on Saturday night with a “NO G**KS” message painted on its for-sale sign.
  • The same message was found on the home’s garage door the following morning.
  • San Leandro police have responded to both incidents and are now investigating the case as a hate crime.

A man has been arrested in connection to an act of anti-Asian vandalism that shook a home in San Leandro, California, over the weekend.

Nicholas Swyers, 25, is accused of spray-painting the residence in the 15300 block of Inverness Street, whose realtor, owners and most recent tenants were all Asian.

Customer kicked out for not wearing pants smashes windows, doors of Chinese restaurant in Queens

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  • A man booted out of 4 Choices & A Soup on Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, Queens, retaliated by smashing glass windows and doors at the restaurant on Saturday.
  • The man was reportedly kicked out earlier in the day for not wearing pants and had since returned several times.
  • Restaurant owner Jenny Xie said it was not the first time the man has caused trouble, having allegedly urinated in front of the business and shown up completely undressed on one occasion.
  • Police said the restaurant had earlier obtained a restraining order against the man, who was eventually charged with criminal mischief and criminal contempt for violating the order.
  • Xie said she believes the man has mental health issues and hopes he receives psychiatric help rather than being sent to jail.

A man booted out of a Chinese restaurant in Flushing, Queens, for not wearing pants retaliated by smashing glass windows and doors at the establishment on Saturday.

The incident at 4 Choices & A Soup on Roosevelt Avenue reportedly began at around 4:40 p.m. when the man showed up with a hammer after entering the restaurant with no pants earlier in the day and returning several times after.

Suspect wanted for vandalizing Portland Asian community center with graffiti linked to terrorists

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Portland police are looking for an individual accused of vandalizing an Asian immigrant and refugee community center in the northeast part of the city.

The suspect, who was caught on surveillance camera, reportedly wrote “NPA” and “CPP” and also drew a gold hammer and a sickle on the door of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization’s (IRCO) Pacific Islander and Asian Family Center (PIAFC) at 8040 NE Sandy Blvd. The incident occurred at around 6 p.m. on May 11, according to the authorities.

San Francisco Chinatown mural defaced with profanity, ‘your mom’ jokes

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  • A popular mural in San Francisco’s Chinatown fell victim to vandalism last week.
  • The mural, known as the Tiger Dragon, was painted on the side of a store located at the corner of Commercial Street and Grant Avenue.
  • Taggers vandalized the artwork with profanity, inappropriate shapes and “your mom” jokes, according to reports.
  • Due to the scale of the damage, the mural could not be salvaged and has since been painted over.
  • A new mural is expected to take over the site. A specific project, however, has yet to be determined.

A popular mural in San Francisco’s Chinatown could not be salvaged after vandals reportedly defaced it with profanity last week.

The mural, known as the Tiger Dragon, was painted on the side of a store located at the corner of Commercial Street and Grant Avenue.

Vandalism of life-sized Gandhi statue in NYC condemned by Indian consulate as ‘despicable’

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  • A bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in New York City’s Union Square was vandalized on Feb. 4.
  • Vandals reportedly covered the statue with a cloth and wrote obscenities on it, thus saving the statue from permanent damage and extensive cleanup.
  • The incident ignited condemnation “in the strongest terms” from the Consulate General of India, which said that the matter has “been taken up with the US State Department for immediate investigation and urged appropriate action against those responsible for this despicable act.”
  • The statue was donated and then dedicated on Oct. 2, 1986, by the Gandhi Memorial International Foundation to honor Gandhi’s 117th birth anniversary.
  • Other statues of Gandhi have been defaced over the past few years, including a statue in Washington that was allegedly targeted by Khalistan supporters last month.

A bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi in New York was defaced earlier this month by unknown culprits, igniting outrage and condemnation from the Indian American community in the city.

The 8-foot-tall statue, located in Union Square near New York University, did not suffer permanent damage from the incident on Feb. 4, according to Ahmedabad Mirror.

Vandals deface historic Chinese garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown with graffiti, urine and feces

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  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which opened in 1986, is the first Chinese or “scholar’s” garden built outside China.
  • A weekend defacement with large nuisance graffiti adds to the garden’s host of existing problems, including people urinating and defecating in its entrance.
  • The garden has suffered from another vandalism in 2020 in the form of messages directed at the Chinese government.

A beloved Chinese garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown has become the target of large nuisance graffiti over the weekend, adding up to problems of people littering, urinating and defecating in its entrance.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, known as the first Chinese or “scholar’s” garden built outside China, was likely defaced on Saturday night, according to Daily Hive.

Man charged for anti-Asian graffiti on donut store that was also target of rock, pellet gun vandalisms

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  • The 46-year-old man behind a string of vandalisms in Regina, Canada, has been charged with mischief.
  • Vuong Pham, the owner of one of the targeted businesses, said he was “relieved” after hearing that the suspect had been charged before Christmas.
  • Community members reportedly rallied to show their support to Pham after his store was attacked four times in 2021.

The man linked to a string of vandalisms in Regina, Canada, including spray-painting racist graffiti on an Asian-owned donut store, has been charged with mischief.

The 46-year-old man was charged with five counts of mischief under 5,000 Canadian dollars (approximately $3,970) for the incidents that occurred in the Warehouse District and downtown Regina between November and December 2021, Regina Leader-Post reported.