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Hundreds Protest Against Racism, anti-Semitism at Brooklyn's Adam Yauch Park

Beastie Boys rapper Adam Horovitz, Ben Stiller join local politicians to denounce the recent uptick in hate crimes throughout New York and the United States.

People at an anti-hate rally at a Brooklyn park named in memory of Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch after it was defaced with swastikas on November 20, 2016 in New York City.
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Hundreds, including former Beastie Boys rapper Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz, actor Ben Stiller and various local politicians, rallied on Sunday denouncing racism and anti-Semitism at the recently vandalized Brooklyn park dedicated to late Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch.

A playground at the Brooklyn Heights park was vandalized with graffiti reading “Go Trump” alongside two swastikas on Friday. The defaced equipment has since been covered with hearts and flowers

"He was someone that taught non-violence in his music and his life, to all of us and to me," Horovitz said. "But, this is more about someone in New York City linking Nazi Germany to Donald Trump in a 'hell yeah' kind of way."

Activists protest racism and Hate after swastikas found in Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn, New York on November 20, 2016.
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"As a New Yorker and a parent and an American, I thought it was really important to stand up and say this isn't OK,” Stiller said, according to NY1. “Hate crimes aren't OK, and especially this happening in Adam Yauch Park when Adam Yauch was so about peace and non-violence."

There have been over a dozen instances of swastikas appearing across the city since Donald Trump’s electoral victory.  The Southern Poverty Law Center has noted a drastic uptick in hate crimes, receiving nearly six months’ worth of reports of hate crimes in a one-week period. 

People at a Brooklyn park named after Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch after it was defaced with swastikas on November 20, 2016 in New York City.
Spencer Platt, AFP
Protesters at an anti-hate rally at a Brooklyn park defaced with swastikas on November 20, 2016.
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