Vilna Gaon monument in central Vilnius smeared with acid

The monument to the Gaon of Vilna, a famous 18th century Torah scholar, in central Vilnius was vandalised over the weekend, the Police Department has reported.

The vandals poured acid on the monument in Žydų street, Vilnius police spokeswoman Julija Samorovskaja told BNS.

The incident was reported on Sunday evening by a tourist guide, she added. The police are treating the act as a hate crime, according to Samorovskaja.

“The damaging of the monument is public incitement of hatred towards an ethnic-religious group,” she told BNS.

It is the second time in two months that the Gaon of Vilna monument has been vandalised. In late June, it was smeared with liquid. Investigation into the incident continues, according to the police spokeswoman.

Back then, another monument to a prominent Jewish figure,  Doctor Stemakh Shabad  , was vandalised in central Vilnius in the same manner.

LRT.LT

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