Several inner Brisbane houses that had put up rainbow flags were defaced with spray-painted swastikas over the weekend.
Brisbane resident Jessica Lette-Garvey told Pedestrian.tv she discovered the vandalism on their fence and their neighbours’ rainbow flags on Sunday morning.
Lette-Garvey said she and her partner had been forced to move their own rainbow flag to an inaccessible position on a balcony because it kept being torn down.
“This morning I walked out the gate on my way to work and saw that we’d had swastikas spray-painted on our fence,” she said.
“I went to inspect our fellow flag-flying neighbours – there’s about five in total on our street – and I saw that all of us had been targeted, with swastikas branding the flags, garage doors and fences.”
She wrote on her Facebook page police were investigating the vandalism but the response from the community to the vandalism had been “overwhelmingly supportive”.
“I’ve had a few neighbours come by and offer a hand. People stopping in their cars and giving sympathy and saying they’re voting yes,” she said.
“Removing spray paint isn’t hard. Standing up for what you believe in is what you should do.”