The strange Islamic-themed graffiti that plagued Windsor neighbourhoods earlier this year appeared again on Wednesday — this time on the buildings of local media outlets and throughout the city’s core
The cryptic messages were spray-painted during the early morning hours on the properties of the Windsor Star, CTV Windsor, and CBC Windsor, as well as multiple bus shelters on Ouellette Avenue.
“#Islam execute drug dealers,” reads one message on the doors of the Windsor Star at 300 Ouellette Avenue. “#Sharia Now.”
The graffiti also references a verse in the Bible — Revelations 22:14-15
Done in red block letters with hashtag symbols, the messages are similar in style and content to graffiti that appeared in South Windsor in October and along the riverfront in November.
The purpose of the graffiti remains unknown. The Windsor Islamic Council previously described the messages as “hate-mongering,” and urged the community not to allow them to sow division and bigotry.
“It is disturbing to see,” Zafar Iqbal, acting chairman of the Windsor Islamic Council, said Wednesday.
“To be frank with you, I’m surprised this happens at all. I’ve been living in Windsor since 1995, and these things are only now starting to pop up. I have no idea what the motives are.”
Security cameras at the Windsor Star building recorded the person responsible for the latest graffiti: A lone Caucasian male with scruffy facial hair who appears to be in his 30s or 40s.
Dressed in a dark, hooded jacket, the man can be seen on video applying the spray paint quickly and smoothly — with a practiced hand.
What we’re looking at is he has targeted media outlets,” Windsor police spokesman Const. Andrew Drouillard said Wednesday morning.
The CTV Windsor building is located at 1149 Goyeau St. The CBC Windsor building is at 825 Riverside Dr. West.
Drouillard said the graffiti was also found on bus shelters along Ouellette Avenue from Wyandotte Street south to Tecumseh Road.