Swastika painted on Vera Katz statue

The vandalism was cleaned off in two hours

The Vera Katz statue on the Eastbank Esplanade was vandalized, September 21, 2016 (KOIN)
The Vera Katz statue on the Eastbank Esplanade was vandalized, September 21, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A statue of former Portland Mayor Vera Katz on Eastbank Esplanade was vandalized when someone painted a swastika on it Tuesday morning.

Near the statue, a message was written in marker that said, “Vera wants affordable housing.”

Keith Lachowicz with the Regional Arts and Culture Council said Portland Parks & Recreation cleaned up the mess in two hours.

On Thursday, a crew will return to put a wax coating on the bronze statue, Lachowicz said.

The Vera Katz statue on the Eastbank Esplanade was vandalized, September 21, 2016 (KOIN)
The Vera Katz statue on the Eastbank Esplanade was vandalized, September 21, 2016 (KOIN)

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