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West Hartford Police: Protestors Vandalize LaSalle Road Building – We-Ha


Police said members of a group that had gathered Sunday for a protest vandalized the exterior of 65 LaSalle Road.

Signs posted by participants in a rally organized by American Muslims for Palestine Connecticut Chapter and two other pro-Palestinian groups were stuck to the windows and exterior of 65 LaSalle Road. Courtesy photo

By Ronni Newton

A rally that was organized by several groups, billed as “New Year for a Free Palestine,” was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Town Hall and was attended by an estimated 150 people, according to West Hartford Police.

Participants did not remain on the grounds of  Town Hall, however, and police said the group moved through areas of Blue Back Square and West Hartford Center.

According to Capt. Daniel Moffo, “At one point, members of the group posted signs on the exterior of the businesses located at 65 LaSalle Road. Afterward, it was discovered that unidentified group members vandalized the exterior of the building with red paint.”

Photos provided to We-Ha.com show signs plastered all over the front of the building that houses Webster Bank and Becker’s Jewelry, as well as red spray paint on the window, exterior of the building, and the sidewalk.

Vandalism to 65 LaSalle Road included red spray paint as well as signs posted by participants in a rally organized by American Muslims for Palestine Connecticut Chapter and two other pro-Palestinian groups. Courtesy photo

A social media post promoting the rally indicated that it was being organized by American Muslims for Palestine Connecticut Chapter, UConn Students for Justice in Palestine, and We Will Return Palestine.

Police are actively investigating the incident, and have not yet made any arrests as of early Sunday evening, Moffo said.

Any member of the public who has information related to this investigation is asked to please contact the West Hartford Police Department at 860-523-5203, or via the anonymous tip line 860-570-8969 or email [email protected].

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