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Anti-Welsh coronavirus graffiti condemned

21 May 2020 2 minutes Read
Wrexham Street, Mold, Flintshire. Picture by Rept0n1x (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Graffiti in Mold saying that people in Wales should ‘die of coronavirus’ has been condemned by local politicians.

Written near the entrance to Railway Walk in Milford Street, the graffiti read: “All Welsh die of Covid – scum”.

The graffiti spotted by a resident who did not wish to be named has been reported to Flintshire Council and North Wales Police. He said it had appeared overnight on Tuesday.

Outgoing Mold Mayor Cllr Tim Maunders said he was “lost for words” after seeing the graffiti.

“This was incredibly an offensive, insensitive and disgusting thing to have done,” he told The Leader newspaper. “I can’t believe that anyone would want to do something like that.

“With the position we’re in at the moment, when there are so many people dying – how dare you?

“There’s just absolutely no need for that. It’s simply horrible.”

 

Bank holiday

Wales and England have diverged on some Covid-19 restrictions, with firmer rules on travelling for exercise remaining in force in Wales.

Yesterday it was announced that the maximum fine for repeated breaches of the coronavirus lockdown rules in Wales will rise from £120 to £1,920.

The increased fines are being introduced ahead of the bank holiday weekend and they follow a request from police forces for increased penalties.

The First Minister said: “As we approach the bank holiday weekend, we continue to ask people to stay at home to protect themselves and their loved ones from coronavirus. If they are exercising – please stay safe and stay local.”

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david fox
david fox
11 months ago

We need the First Minister to address the English and explain to them why we need to take the route of caution we are taking here in Cymru.

PenywaunPete
PenywaunPete
11 months ago
Reply to  david fox

These issues began with Boris steadfastly refusing to clarify that relaxed lockdown rules in England did not apply in little Wales.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
11 months ago

My concern is that the moron who wrote this might now be living here and has a vote.

Pawl
Pawl
11 months ago
Reply to  Wrexhamian

I share that concern and that he/she may be one of many.

j humphrys
j humphrys
11 months ago
Reply to  Pawl

One or two of ’em have already been on this comment list minusing. Enough said.

Paul
Paul
11 months ago

We’re all (hopefully) grown ups on this site but is it any surprise things like this have happened when a small minority of Wales have been critical of “the English” and tarnished them all with the same brush while Leanne Wood is tweeting about the “butchers apron”?

Huw Davies
Huw Davies
11 months ago
Reply to  Paul

It is evident that most of the problem of excessive unnecessary travel to “tourist” destinations has its roots beyond Clawdd Offa, hence the use of the word “English”. If one is minded to split hairs then perhaps we should use the phrase “from England” instead. Not much to choose between either really. Had these people chosen not to travel then there wouldn’t have been a problem to rail about. As for that flag you have to be profoundly obsessed Loyalist not to figure out that its increased use in recent years has been part of a deliberate distraction strategy. Divided… Read more »

Paul
Paul
11 months ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

I was referring to the phrase “butcher’s apron” not the flag itself.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
11 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Telling there’s no condemnation from you whatsoever of the vile racist who thinks the Welsh are “scum” and wants us all to “die of covid – 19”

Paul
Paul
11 months ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

I do condemn it.
I also started my original comment with the phrase “we’re all (hopefully) grown ups” clearly we’re not.

Jonesy
Jonesy
11 months ago
Reply to  Paul

The butchers Apron is not tge English flag, it is tye flag of Great Britain, ….if ever there was a misnomer

Paul
Paul
11 months ago
Reply to  Jonesy

Anti English/Anti British is all one of the same in this context.

William
William
11 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Its all one of the same in every context, which is why we need independence.

K. K
K. K
11 months ago

I’m not too bothered about it to be honest insofar that it acknowledges our existence and that whatever we are doing with regards to COVID-19 is obviously having the desired effect. It must be devastating for that person to live in a country which aims to put the health and well-being of its people first.

John Inglesby
John Inglesby
11 months ago
Reply to  K. K

Should lock him up. Pity England a few weeks from now. they obviously didnt learn anything from the start of the outbreak. At least the stupid minority. I.m English but glad I am living in Wales where their seems to be a bit more Savvy.

j humphrys
j humphrys
11 months ago
Reply to  John Inglesby

We don’t know who it is: could be a mental health issue. It’s the “climate” of thought that is worrying. Let’s hope
that England or anywhere gets through with minimal suffering of it’s people , and light candles for the rest.

Ann Owen
Ann Owen
11 months ago

Your article fails to mention that the rethink on the level of fines also comes after huge people pressure on Drakeford for change, which Police Commissioners have taken on board. They seem to be in touch with their communities – Diolch Gomisiynwyr yr Heddlu // Thank you Police Commissioners.

Ceri
Ceri
11 months ago
Reply to  Ann Owen

Quite right Ann. I was always skeptical of the positions – what were they for? It’s quite clear now that they have proven their value. Diolch o galon, nawr, yng ngeiriau fy nghyn athro chwaraeon – profwch eich gwerth yn gyson (neu gei di ddim warae’r match nesa’)

Lesley Wheatley
Lesley Wheatley
11 months ago

Ideally this type of behaviour should not reach social media. The perpetrators want the attention and best punishment is to remove the graffiti without all the fuss.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
11 months ago

‘Ideally’ the racist scum responsible for this vile graffiti will be apprehended and prosecuted

Ceri
Ceri
11 months ago
Reply to  Leigh Richards

Come on, Leigh! Prosecuted? Maybe a public order offence for vandalism and then a ‘required’ to attend lessons on Welsh culture, maybe a few gwersi Cymraeg too, if the perp lives here. If we demanded jail for Cymrophobes, half of the home counties would be locked up…probably in Bridgend and Wrexham! I don’t like this nonsense anymore than you do, it makes my blood boil, but as another commenter mentions, it highlights some pretty stark divisions that need to be addressed, (and I cannot see our culture being exported throughout the rest of the island any time soon, so indy… Read more »

Huw J Davies
Huw J Davies
11 months ago

The only thing I’m surprised about is that the Mayor of Mold can say “I can’t believe that anyone would want to do something like that…” There are plenty of morons around that live just to do things ‘like that’. The best we can hope for would be that they were seen on camera somewhere and receive what’s due. They clearly aren’t very bright as the irony of being in Wales, while suggesting all of Wales is suffering from Covid, is lost on them! There is also the suggestion that his name is “scum”. I’m again reminded of The Life… Read more »

Sibrydionmawr
Sibrydionmawr
11 months ago
Reply to  Huw J Davies

Anyone who has ever gone out and painted political slogans can relate to that scene. There used to be, painted on a railway bridge in Cardiff for all to see, ‘Wales a Repubic’. Even more aposite, as it involves grammar. One night outside Theatr Ardudwy (now sadly closed, along with Coleg Harlech, which I was so fortunate to attend as a student) some patriot had painted on the rock face opposite Ryddid i Gymru. Top marks for sentiment, but can do better with spelling.

Ben Angwin
Ben Angwin
11 months ago

The most lethal blow to the Welsh Language would be a situation where it is not attacked, but absorbed quietly.

Each time this happens, life is asking all the Cymry, why have you allowed yourselves this level of direspect? What are YOU doing wrong?

j humphrys
j humphrys
11 months ago

Are we are surprised, really? This just a bit stronger than the pre-crisis populist stuff aimed at us. Be reminded of what some of
us were predicting. Post Brexit will be worse than Brexit. Fellow travellers in Cymru need a rethink?

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
11 months ago

As Wales slowly diverges from England due to the Covid-19 and forthcoming Brexit mess I suspect the abuse directed towards Wales will increase. We should be thick skinned towards it now it. Ours will be the last laugh as we become independent and build a far better future for ourselves, away from our London centric, nationalist neighbour. Constant ridicule, abuse and neglect should spur us on to gain our Self Determination even quicker.

Ceri
Ceri
11 months ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Many of the more extreme tactics employed during the Brexit era will be used against the Cymry if we begin to stand up for more, and eventually, total freedom. Expect the right-leaning red tops and the hooligan fringe to start referring to us as traitors. Expect the leftist to begin smothering us with claims that we’re all the same, why create borders, why spoil our mission to level the world ready for utopia? Cymru can ill afford to continue without independent institutions – media, justice and finance.

John Evans
John Evans
11 months ago
Reply to  Ceri

said it before, stop straw manning ‘leftists’ . I am totally on the left of centre. I WANT INDEPENDENCE – I don’t believe we are all the same and I would like a border. It is deluded to believe in utopia but not to strive for it. I think you should retract your nonsense and accept that despite not liking it you are in line with a ‘leftist’. We are on the same side stop being divisive.

Rhosddu
Rhosddu
11 months ago
Reply to  John Evans

Not really sure what you mean here by’leftist’. I would have thought that any Welsh person who wants to end the colonial condition of his country and achieve independence is a leftist. According to Mark Drakeford, however, we’re all ‘rightists’, including yourself. Best to avoid these outmoded terms, in my opinion.

j humphrys
j humphrys
11 months ago
Reply to  Rhosddu

Let’s be Roundist, like our legendary leader.

Ceri
Ceri
11 months ago
Reply to  John Evans

Not sure you have understood my point – Unionism across the clawdd covers all political compass points, including the authoritarian left, which is where many journos working for The Guardian, the Beeb, Independent online and a whole bunch of Blogs and Online Publications fall – we then get the familiar low-level, patronizing Cymrophobia which, in the case of people with a harder left stance, can be covered in a general ‘anti-culture’ position too. You can of course be pro-indy and a leftist, or a centrist, or anything really, I don’t believe that striving for independence can be solely predicated on… Read more »

Jonathan Gammond
Jonathan Gammond
11 months ago

It is obviously written by someone of limited intelligence and education as the sentence is ungrammatical, as well as obnoxious.

Walesfan
Walesfan
11 months ago

I would agree that this is highly offensive and obviously written by someone of limited intelligence. However, based on some of the offensive and racist graffiti aimed at the English, which has been written across North Wales recently, I’d also say it is not unexpected. When idiots are faced with aggressive and insulting behaviour they react the same way.

The fact that one piece of idiotic and offensive graffiti that is anti Welsh has been reported on while the hundreds of pieces of offensive anti English graffiti go unmentioned is very disappointing.

Ceri
Ceri
11 months ago
Reply to  Walesfan

Are you kidding? The signs around Bala were all over the news and the Internet for days, mun! There is also a big difference between ire being levelled at a group when backed by the government policy (ie stay at home, which is what the signs said, albeit somewhat more bluntly) and this message in Mold, wishing for people’s death. Police in Bala sent three cars worth of ‘visitors’ from Manchester packing just 3 days ago – if a few more don’t heed the Bala graffiti then the Cymrophobic Mold graffiti will come true.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
11 months ago
Reply to  Walesfan

Attempting to portray thoughtless trippers from English cities as the victims in this particular matter has been tried before, and doesn’t fool anyone. They’re breaking Cymru’s rules.

Bryan johnson
Bryan johnson
8 months ago

Slaby zbignew of flint did it polish scum

Bryan johnson
Bryan johnson
8 months ago

Slaby zbignew of flint did it polish scum calling us welsh he lives in flint he has silver mercedes KY07 FZC

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