Man photographed peeing on Komagata Maru monument in Vancouver

Vancouver police are investigating an incident that saw a man urinate on the Komagata Maru monument this week, sparking outrage in the South Asian community.

That's according to the Vancouver park board, which issued a statement today (December 5) in response to a Facebook photo that captured the incident in Harbour Green Park at Coal Harbour.

"On behalf of my fellow Commissioners, we are saddened and deeply offended by this disgraceful act,” said Sarah Blyth, chair of the park board. "The monument was created in partnership with the Khalsa Diwan Society to embrace multiculturalism and remind people about the devastating impact that racial intolerance and discrimination have had upon our community.”

Park board staff have cleaned the monument, which was installed in 2012 to commemorate the Komagata Maru incident.

In the 1914 incident, 300 passengers of South Asian descent were denied entry to Canada due to a racist federal law.

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cathy
Hopefully the person who took this photo also took others so this jerk can be identified and charged.
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RUK
The first link shows the dude's face.

What a creep. Also, dirty sweatpants in public. Clearly not a good Vancouverite!!!
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WTF
Authorities ought to be able to identify this idiot with a bit of effort.

Charges, Fines & Public Service for this idiot.

If a group of large Sikhs caught him he would have been lucky to make it to Hospital.
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George Smalkin
Thanks for showing me where the washrom is!
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kiskatinawkid
George...is Smalkin?...or Smalmind?...or maybe Smaldick? Whatever, you're just smal(l)!
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James Blatchford
A loser playing to type and dressed for the occasion...shameful beyond words.
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Ron
That eyesore is completey out of place in my beautiful local Harbour Green Park.
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camille
i dont see pee, but if he was, then hpopefully he doesnt get away with this disgraceful behavour!!
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Camille
opps, i missed the part that it was cleaned after the incident.
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Alan Layton
Was not surprised to see that Stephen Hui wrote this.
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Lisa
Whether we like it or not, this world is becoming smaller every day. Not to mention if someone rob you for everything including gold/anything valuable of you nation and pretend nothing has happened―robber has disturbed equilibrium throughout.
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Guillaume
The guy in the first link looks like the police sketch of the UBC assaulter.
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Alan Layton
"If a group of large Sikhs caught him he would have been lucky to make it to Hospital."

@WTF - are you implying that Sikhs are violent?
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@Alan Layton
What does it mean to you, that Stephen Hui wrote this? Are you saying that only an Asian or non-white would consider this news worthy or be offended by it? Or is there another point you were trying to make?
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Adam G
if the pisser was of south Asian descent would it still be an outrage or just some dude havin a piss? I cant stand news that's used solely to gauge the current level of society's racism.
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Paul
Adam G, if the pisser was of South Asian descent there would still be an outrage. Probably an even bigger outrage.
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Gary
Some grown men are worse than little kids
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ACMESalesRep
“Sparking outrage in the South Asian community”?

I'm not sure you needed the words “South Asian”. I think “sparking outrage in the community” would have been every bit as accurate. This sort of behaviour should appall everyone.
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HHm
I like how the one link is all about him being white. Personally, he looks European.

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@ACMESalesRep
very good point.
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