Swastika spray-painted on Brightline building in Miami

MIAMI (WSVN) - Crews are working to clean-up a swastika that was spray-painted on a building under construction in Miami, Thursday.

As construction workers teamed up to move the city forward, a symbol of hate painted on some plywood would bring back old feelings.

The swastika could be seen spray-painted on a Brightline building under construction in the City of Miami.

The symbol is hidden from most, but people who park in a garage next door or work in the buildings across the street can see it.

A 7News viewer sent in photos of the swastika Thursday morning.

Metrorail passengers trying to catch a ride also had a good view of the offensive symbol.

“Looks like they’ll hurt themselves or die falling off just to put swastika up there,” said resident John W. “It’s disgusting.”

7News reached out to Brightline and the construction company. By 3 p.m. Thursday, the swastika was gone.

“It’s deeply offensive. It’s deeply disturbing,” said the Anti-Defamation League’s David Barkey.

The league, which tracks anti-Semitic incidents across the country said this kind of crime has been on the rise.

“You don’t know the exact motivation without more evidence as to why this person put up a swastika,” Barkey said. “Unfortunately, it may be a sign of the times.”

A recent report by the Anti-Defamation League said there has been a 57 percent increase in hateful acts like this in 2016-2017.

It was not immediately known when the swastika was spray-painted on the building.

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