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US Iconic Plymouth Rock vandalized, covered in graffiti: 'Why? Why would someone do this?'

23:02  17 february  2020
23:02  17 february  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Why would someone do this ?” Gayle Manning asked as she looked down at vandalized Plymouth Rock on Monday morning. Much of the Plymouth Rock graffiti was indecipherable smears of paint, Botieri said, but several of the landmarks were tagged with the numbers and letters 508 MOF.

Someone spray-painted the word 'LIES' on the chunk of rock earlier this week. Plymouth Rock is engraved with '1620' to mark the Pilgrims' arrival in the New World. Department spokesman Bill Hickey says it's not uncommon for the landmark to be vandalized .

a piece of cake: Vandals targeted Plymouth Rock and other waterfront monuments and statues in Plymouth, Massachusetts, overnight Sunday.© Courtesy photo via Wicked Local Plymouth Vandals targeted Plymouth Rock and other waterfront monuments and statues in Plymouth, Massachusetts, overnight Sunday.

PLYMOUTH, Mass. – “Why? Why? Why would someone do this?” Gayle Manning asked as she looked down at vandalized Plymouth Rock on Monday morning.

She was one of many who traveled to the Plymouth waterfront to express disgust over the overnight damage to the landmark and other waterfront monuments by vandals wielding cans of spray paint.

Police Chief Michael Botieri said Plymouth Rock, the Pilgrim Maiden statue, a memorial granite bench and at least four of the Scallop Roll statues scattered about the waterfront by the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce were tagged with paint.

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Similar graffiti, including an obscene message aimed at police, was found more than a mile away at the base of the state-owned National Monument to the Forefathers.

A Scallop Roll statue Plymouth, Massachusetts, was one of at least four of site vandalized overnight Sunday.© Courtesy photo via Wicked Local Plymouth A Scallop Roll statue Plymouth, Massachusetts, was one of at least four of site vandalized overnight Sunday.

Much of the Plymouth Rock graffiti was indecipherable smears of paint, Botieri said, but several of the landmarks were tagged with the numbers and letters 508 MOF.

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Police detectives reviewed surveillance video from the area in hopes of identifying the vandals, Botieri said. Police searched along the rocky waterfront for discarded paint containers.

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  Iconic Plymouth Rock, other landmarks vandalized The iconic Plymouth Rock, the landmark that marks where the Pilgrims landed the Mayflower 400 years ago, has been vandalized with graffiti, photos from the scene show. It was among several historic landmarks that appeared to have been tagged by vandals. Sign up for our Newsletters The rock, which has the date 1620 chiseled into it, is now covered in red graffiti. Photos from the scene also show red paint on a statue and red paint sprayed on a stone bench.© WCVB/viewer photo Shell tagged with graffiti The photos also show a large clam shell painted with a photo of the harbor and Mayflower tagged with red graffiti.

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a man standing next to a forest: Vandals targeted the Pilgrim Maiden overnight Sunday.© Courtesy photo via Wicked Local Plymouth Vandals targeted the Pilgrim Maiden overnight Sunday.

Botieri said there does not appear to be any political connection to the graffiti, but some who gathered at Plymouth Rock on Monday morning wondered.

Manning noted that the graffiti occurred on Presidents Day and in 2020, which is the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.

Maintenance crews from the town and the state set to work Monday cleaning up the graffiti with power washers and a solvent used to clean previous vandalism.

Plymouth Rock has been targeted occasionally over the years, sometimes by people with a political agenda.

Botieri acknowledged that this vandalism was beyond the scope of past tagging incidents.

Follow reporter Rich Harbert on Twitter: @richharbertOCM

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Police have accused a teenager in connection with the vandalism earlier this month of the iconic Plymouth Rock, which marks where the Pilgrims landed the Mayflower 400 years ago. The rock, which has the date 1620 chiseled into it, was covered in red graffiti on the morning of Feb. 17. Similar red graffiti was also found on nearby historic landmarks, including the Pilgrim Maiden and Four Fathers Monument. Sign up for our Newsletters In all, 11The rock, which has the date 1620 chiseled into it, was covered in red graffiti on the morning of Feb. 17. Similar red graffiti was also found on nearby historic landmarks, including the Pilgrim Maiden and Four Fathers Monument.

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