Beastie Boys, hundreds crowd Adam Yauch park to protest swastika graffiti

Hundreds of New Yorkers turned out for the demonstration against hate in Brooklyn's Adam Yauch Park after playground swings and equipment was disfigured with pro-Trump slogans and swastikas.

There have been over a dozen instances of swastikas appearing across the city since Donald Trump's electoral victory.

Addressing the crowds on Sunday, Ad-Rock said, "We're all here today because we're thinking the same thing: Painting swastikas on a children's playground is a messed-up thing to do. But he was also someone that taught non-violence in his music, in his life - to all of us, and to me". The park was dedicated to the founding member of the Beastie Boys the following year.

Adam Horovitz, better known as Ad-Rock, spoke at Adam Yauch Park, which was re-named in his honor following Yauch's death in 2012. Since his surprise win, anti-racist groups around America have noticed a sharp increase in hateful harassment.

The defacing of a park in NY named for Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch - the most socially conscious of the three bad brothers we know so well - drew a large crowd, including another Beastie Boy speaking out against the increase of racists incidents in the last few weeks.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre, an organisation that monitors extremist groups in the U.S., claims to have counted more than 700 cases of "hateful incidents of harassment" since the election, though the rate of incidents has fallen. "Don't be afraid to step in or enlist the help of others because this is home grown terrorism for real".

"Keep your eyes open, stand up for each other", he continued. We are rallying throughout this city.

"Someone in New York City linking Nazi Germany to Donald Trump in a "hell yeah" kind of way in a park where children play", he said.



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