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Edmonton man posts video showing cover-up of graffiti on Jasper restroom
Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:30PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April 19, 2017 7:00PM MDT
An Edmonton man is receiving messages of support, after he covered up anti-Muslim graffiti sprayed on a restroom in Jasper National Park Wednesday morning.
Tyler Johnstone noticed the graffiti just off the Yellowhead Highway in Jasper – the word Mosque spray painted in yellow on the wall of a public outhouse.
“I drove past it and I drove for about five minutes and I thought about it and I had to turn around and come back,” Johnstone said. “It’s just disgusting.”
The 28-year-old decided to do what he could to remove the word from the wall – eventually using venting tape he kept in his van to cover it up instead, he also alerted Parks Canada.
Johnstone posted a video showing what he did on Facebook; the video had been viewed thousands of times by Wednesday evening.
Dozens of supportive comments have been posted in response to the video.
“Somebody from Calgary messaged me and said as a Muslim they appreciate that I did that and said thanks, and I said sorry to them,” Johnstone said.
Parks Canada told CTV News Johnstone didn’t get all of the graffiti, officials found a second washroom with the same message nearby.
Officials said both would be re-painted by Thursday.
With files from Dan Grummett
Tyler Johnstone posted video on Facebook showing the graffiti before, and after he covered it up.
Tyler Johnstone speaks to CTV Edmonton via Skype about covering up anti-Muslim graffiti in Jasper National Park Wednesday, April 19.