Montreal police are investigating a suspicious fire in a vehicle in Montreal’s Park-Extension neighbourhood after the burnt car was found with a flag attached and a swastika scrawled on the passenger side door on Monday night.
Emergency crews responded to a 911 call near the intersection of Birnam Street and Jarry Street.
The vehicle had a flag on the roof and two ribbons on the door handles. The ribbons are believed to represent Russia. A similar ribbon was worn to celebrate victory over the Nazis in the second world war and the 70th anniversary of that date was last weekend.
The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was hurt, but police say there were elements at the scene that indicated the fire was deliberately set. The vehicle has been taken away so police can investigate further.
Police are investigating after a vehicle was vandalized and set on fire in the Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension borough Monday. A call came in around 1:15 a.m. for the fire, on Birnam St. between Jarry St. and Ball Ave. Montreal firefighters were called in to put out the fire.
Police spokesperson Cst. Abdullah Emran said an incendiary device was found at the scene, leading police to believe the fire was intentionally set. Symbols resembling a swastika were drawn onto the car. The vehicle has been towed away for analysis.
No one was hurt in the blaze. Police have made no arrests.
Note by New Cold War.org editors: On Saturday, May 9, there were car cavalcades in at least six Canadian cities commemorating Victory Day in World War Two, including in Montreal. (News report below.) Cars participating in the cavalcades were festooned with flags of the Russian Federation as well as other flags honoring the Soviet Union. As the CBC reports above, the car that was vandalized in Montreal was sporting a Russian flag and several orange and black St. George ribbons.
Giant St. George ribbon, auto rallies & parades mark V-Day in Canada (with video), RT.com, May 12, 2015
Vandals spray paint swastikas on cars in Montreal, Montreal Gazette, Feb. 24, 2015
Vandals paint swastikas on cars in Montreal, CBC News, Feb. 24, 2015
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