NEW YORK CITY - Vandals Destroy Rainbow PRIDE Flag Instillation at Stonewall National Monument.

NEW YORK CITY – Vandals Destroy Rainbow PRIDE Flag Installation at Stonewall National Monument.

In the middle of Sheridan Square while the bars were still open. That takes a lot of nerve.

The annual rainbow flag display set on the wrought iron fences around the Stonewall National Monument was torn down early Sunday morning in an act of hateful vandalism.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force said that three unidentified men were walking past the Stonewall National Monument shortly after 3 a.m. when they started breaking Pride Flags on display along a fence and throwing them on the ground.

District 3’s New York City Councilmember, Erik Bottcher tweeted: “Someone vandalized the rainbow flag display on the Stonewall National Monument on Christopher Street, snapping the flag sticks and throwing them on the ground, If anyone thinks this is going to intimidate us or weaken our resolve, they’re mistaken.”

The Stonewall National Monument @ Christopher Street Park was established on June 24, 2016, and the sites in the middle of Sheridan Square are surrounded by many gay bars including the Stonewall Inn which sits directly across from it.

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