On a day Canadians reflect on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, we have word of a man urinating on a Vancouver memorial intended to remind us about the effects of racism.
Last Monday, Pargan Mattu of Surrey, B.C., was showing a visiting friend the memorial to the infamous Komagata Maru incident, which in 1914 saw almost 400 mostly Sikh immigrants from India turned away from Canada after spending two months confined to the Japanese vessel anchored in Vancouver's Coal Harbour.
The incident is commemorated by a memorial unveiled in 2012 near the harbour in downtown Vancouver. It's a blown-up photograph of Komagata Maru passengers accompanied by an account of what happened.
As Mattu and his friend took in the memorial and snapped photos, a man approached the monument and threw a soccer ball at it.
When Mattu challenged the man, he went up to the monument and urinated on it, ignoring Mattu's warning that he was takingRead More »from Man who urinated on Vancouver memorial may have committed a hate crime