Police: White-supremacists target Burlington synagogue, LGBTQ organization

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Burlington police say they’re investigating acts of “bias-motivated” vandalism reported at several local organizations, including a synagogue and a group that supports the LGBT community.

Police say posters and stickers saying “America First” and “Better Dead Than Red” were found at the Ohavi Zedek synagogue and the Pride Center of Vermont. A third organization said it was also targeted by the literature, but didn’t want to be named.

Police say the flyers were the work of Patriot Front, a white-supremacist group that the Southern Poverty Law Center has defined as a hate group. Patriot Front flyers were also posted on the University of Vermont and Champlain College campuses in February 2018 and October 2018, according to police.

“The language found on these posters and the views spread by this group are antithetical to Burlington’s commitment to be a welcoming, inclusive community,” Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said. “Now more than ever, we must remember that our diversity makes us stronger, and stand together in the face of a group that would seek to sow division and mistrust among us,” .

Anyone who has information about the latest cases, should call police at 658-2704.

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