Swastikas painted over Puerto Rican mural in Trenton

A group of local artists say that they were given permission to paint a mural celebrating Puerto Rican heritage on the door of a vacant building in Trenton, but the owner of the building painted swastikas over it once it was finished.

"It's hard to be able to stomach something like what I saw," says artist Daniel Little.

Little and other artists say the neighborhood came together Sunday to paint murals celebrating Puerto Rican culture at 100 Genesee St., the site of a vacant building. They say the plans were approved by the owner.

The artists say they then found a photo of a man painting over the flag with black and topping it off with the swastika.

"What was his intention initially to grant us permission and then come put a symbolism of hatred over it?" Little asks.

The artists quickly removed the swastika from the door. They say they are going to leave the building behind them and will display their murals on another house on the block.

The Trenton Police Department would not comment on the situation.

News 12 New Jersey left a message for the owner of the building, but did not hear back.

It is the latest in a series of anti-Semitic incidents around the state.

Anti-Semitic graffiti was found painted on the walls of the South Mountain Reservation in South Orange Tuesday.

Several Jewish community centers across the country, including in New Jersey, received bomb threats Monday.

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