Racist vandals accidentally paint 'sacred' Swastika on Hindu temple
Vandals in Bothell, Washington, paint Swastika – an ancient symbol of peace in Hindu culture – on side of temple alongside racist message
When a group of vandals decided to paint racist graffiti on a Hindu temple in the town of Bothell, Washington, they chose to add insult to injury with an image of a Swastika.
They presumably did not realise that the design has been an ancient and sacred symbol in Hindu culture long before it was misappropriated by the Nazis in 1920s Germany.
Members of the Hindu temple in Bothell arrived on Sunday morning to find a Swastika and the words "get out" scrawled on the building.
"The Bothell Hindu temple has been here for more than 20 years and we have never had any issues," worshipper Sriram Subramaian told local news site Komo News.
"I have no idea, I was surprised," Mr Sriram said.
The swastika has been an important symbol for thousands of years among Hindus and Buddhists in India and other Asian countries, and was also used in Ancient Greece, and by the Celts.
Among different cultures, it variously represents life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.
The vandals also targeted Skyview Middle School on Sunday morning, just two blocks away from a Hindu temple.
They wrote "Muslims get out" in red paint on the school building.
The identity of the vandal or vandals is not yet known.