Defense Minister ‘upset’ after Tomb of Unknown Soldier was desecrated with flag – National |

Defense Minister Anita Anand says she is “disturbed” by images circulating online in which a man can be seen desecrating Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with a flag.

The flag, a mix of both Canadian and American flags, can be seen spread across the top of the monument in downtown Ottawa in screengrabs circulated on Twitter, which appears to be from a since-deleted TikTok video.

In this screenshot, a flag is visible above the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a reminder of all the Canadian wars whose bodies were never recovered. The monument is a sacred place in the nation’s capital, and marks the site of Ottawa’s annual Remembrance Day events.

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Anand wrote in a tweet on Monday, “I am pained by the events of yesterday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”

“The right to protest is something for which those honored at the mausoleum sacrificed their lives, although the desecration of this monument is unacceptable and shameful.”

The profanity screenshots do not show what is being protested. However, the Twitter user, who shared the images under the handle @Disrespected, claimed to be part of a TikTok livestream, and said that his friend was “respecting” the memorial.

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This was not the first time the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has been desecrated in recent months.

During the early days of the so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests, individuals could be seen urinating against the National War Memorial and a woman dancing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The woman was later identified, but not criminally charged.

It is not clear whether the people who were seen desecrating the monument on Sunday were linked to the protest.

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