Fairfield, Australia (AINA) -- The Assyrian Genocide Monument, which was installed on August 7, has been vandalized. According to Fairfield police, the vandalism occurred around 4 AM. The police have no leads on the perpetrators. The vandals painted a Turkish crescent and star on the monument's globe, which sits on a pedestal resembling a hand, as well as writing "fuck Assyrian dogs" and "fuck Assyria" on the left and forward sides of the base of the monument. The plaque at the front of the monument was removed.
According to the Fairfield City Champion, a local newspaper, a war memorial in Fairfield Park, dedicated to Australian and Assyrian soldiers who fought together, was also vandalized with a mixture of concrete and paint.
This act of vandalism comes as no surprise. After the dedication of the monument, Assyrian community leaders had privately expressed concerns about the safety of the monument.
The monument is dedicated to the 750,000 Assyrians that were killed by Turks in World War One, between 1915 and 1918.