The Hamilton Spectator, “Mayor backs staff decision on anarchist symbol”

Mayor Fred Eisenberger is backing a city staff decision to classify the anarchist circle-A as a hate symbol.

“Certainly the anarchists that have locally presented themselves have done things that would be considered to be inappropriate, so if you tie the two of them together, I would say that’s a symbol of destruction and mayhem and causing a crisis to a particular area,” Eisenberger said Wednesday. “Is that hateful? I think it is.”

His comments came after the CBC reported the city forced The Tower — a local anarchist meeting space — to remove the symbol, which was painted on plywood, from the front window of their building on Cannon Street East in March.

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