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Pro-Hamas Mob Descends on Connecticut Town, Defacing Multiple Buildings

UPDATE February 27, 2024: West Haven man arrested, charged with hate crime for vandalism; more here.

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A rally that was organized by several groups, billed as “New Year for a Free Palestine,” was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Town Hall and was attended by an estimated 150 people, according to West Hartford Police.

Participants did not remain on the grounds of  Town Hall, however, and police said the group moved through areas of Blue Back Square and West Hartford Center.

According to Capt. Daniel Moffo, “At one point, members of the group posted signs on the exterior of the businesses located at 65 LaSalle Road. Afterward, it was discovered that unidentified group members vandalized the exterior of the building with red paint.”

Photos provided to We-Ha.com show signs plastered all over the front of the building that houses Webster Bank and Becker’s Jewelry, as well as red spray paint on the window, exterior of the building, and the sidewalk.

A social media post promoting the rally indicated that it was being organized by American Muslims for Palestine Connecticut Chapter, UConn Students for Justice in Palestine, and We Will Return Palestine.

Police are actively investigating the incident, and have not yet made any arrests as of early Sunday evening, Moffo said.