Whether or not you think its an act of vandalism, some protesters in Montreal have chosen to spread their political message with a can of spray paint. After a series of protests calling for the city to defund the police, graffiti with messages such as "Defund SPVM!" and "Indigenous and Black Lives Matter" have reportedly popped up all over town. The graffiti has appeared in several high-visibility areas including a highway underpass and in downtown neighbourhoods, according to No Borders Media writer and researcher Jaggi Singh.
Seemingly motivated by recent events, graffiti and murals denouncing the police and spreading "Black Lives Matter" messages have been appearing around the city since the first protest on this issue after the killing of George Floyd in June.
Another act of vandalism in Montreal has been the subject of national debate: the toppling of the Sir John A. Macdonald statue on August 29.
With Legault announcing that the Sir John A. Macdonald statue will be rebuilt, it seems that Montreal's protesters will continue to target the oft-vandalized statue.
"I understand the impatience and frustration of Canadians who faced systemic discrimination and racism throughout their lives," said Trudeau on August 31.
"But, we are a country of laws and we are a country that needs to respect those laws. [...] Those kinds of acts of vandalism are not advancing the path towards greater justice and equality in this country."
Legault and Plante echoed the Prime Minister's sentiments.
The graffiti appears to have popped up in several areas, including downtown, around the Plateau/Mile End, and highway interchanges.
Protesters have also graffitied stencilled messages such as "Qui nous protège de la police?" ("Who protects us from the police?)
These images, including the cover photo of this article, are courtesy of No Borders Media.
In a statement to MTL Blog, the SPVM said that "the removal of graffiti on the public domain is the responsibility of the City of Montreal."
"Since graffiti is considered mischief," a spokesperson said, "the SPVM will open an investigation upon receipt of a report, whether it comes from the City, a merchant or the owner of a building."
Be on the lookout for any political messages appearing in your neighbourhood.