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IRCO protest
The Associated Press
Published: 16 July 2014

PHOTO: A small group brought this banner to the offices of IRCO last week. 

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene police are investigating swastikas that were found painted onto mailboxes near a Jewish fraternity near the University of Oregon.

The Register-Guard says the mailbox belongs to a neighboring apartment complex but directly faces the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity.

Police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said there are no suspects at this time.

Fraternity members discovered the swastikas Monday evening.

Oregon Hillel's executive director Andy Gitelson condemned the vandalism as "a hate symbol."

The fraternity posted a message on Facebook saying it won't let Anti-Semitism derail its mission "of creating the future Jewish leaders of tomorrow."

Last week in Portland a small group set up a sign claiming that diversity equals white genocide outside the offices of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization. The Southern Poverty Law Center that monitors hate groups said earlier this year it has found no change in the number of groups active in Oregon and a slight decrease in hate activity across the Northwest. The center monitors nine groups in Oregon. 


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