New Yorkers rally to clean up Nazi graffiti in subways

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Subway riders banded together using tissues and hand sanitzer to scrub off swastikas scrawled on the walls and windows of a New York subway car on Saturday.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A story of New York City unity is spreading after a subway rider named Gregory Locke took to Facebook to describe seeing Nazi symbolism scrawled on subway windows Saturday night, and what the fellow commuters decided to do about it.

“The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do,” Locke’s post reads. “One guy got up and said, ‘Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.’"

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New York commuters used tissues and hand sanitizer to scrub off swastikas that had been scrawled on a subway car.

New York commuters used tissues and hand sanitizer to scrub off swastikas that had been scrawled on a subway car.

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New York commuters used tissues and hand sanitizer to scrub off swastikas that had been scrawled on a subway car.

National media outlets have picked up the story and several photos have been shared showing the subway riders cleaning up the offensive messages with napkins.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo cited a separate incident on a different subway in which someone turned a spray-painted swastika into a message of love.

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Chef Jared Nied cleans off swastikas scrawled in a New York subway car.

Chef Jared Nied cleans off swastikas scrawled in a New York subway car.

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Chef Jared Nied cleans off swastikas scrawled in a New York subway car.

The governor released a statement: "This is what New Yorkers do — We turn hate into love. That is our message to the nation and to the world. And we won't back down — Not now, not ever."

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