Swastikas painted on shops and buildings in Stokes Croft
SHOPKEEPERS in Stokes Croft woke up to find more than 50 white swastikas daubed on walls, windows and cars in the area.
The offensive fascist symbols had been painted by someone overnight, in what looked like an indiscriminate manner.
Shop owners and workers were forced to clean off the graffiti before opening up for the day.
May Gurney cleaned off 42 of the symbols associated with Nazi Germany on behalf of the council, leaving only two still visible by 11am.
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The shops vandalised included the Hooper House cafe, The Croft club, the Love Bristol Pop-up Bakery and the Runcible Spoon cafe on Nine Tree Hill.
Co-owner of the Hooper House, Andy Persson, had to clean four swastikas off the front of his shop.
"We've had people come and scratch the windows, but we've never had swastikas before," he said. "Like everyone else, I find them very offensive."
The pop-up bakery had five swastikas daubed on it, including a large one on a window.
Esme Wadie, who works at the charity-tun shop, said: "They were everywhere this morning and two of my housemates had them on their cars which were parked on Sydenham Road.
"We've been targeted with lots of graffiti before – we had a big paragraph of writing on the window once – but nothing like this.
"I don't know whether the people who did it are Nazis or they're accusing the people round here of being Nazis?
"It's hard to know why they would do something like this."
A man called Ben, 35, of St Paul's, spotted a number of the swastikas on his way to work and reported them to the council.
"I think it's absolutely disgusting," he said. "We all know the swastika is a symbol of hatred.
"There were so many it looked to me like it was some sort of campaign by whoever did it."
Anyone who knows who is responsible should call police on 101.