Chase Bank Vandalized
LOS FELIZ—The Chase bank on Los Feliz Boulevard and Hillhurst Avenue was vandalized last night, with graffiti reading, “U.S. out of Colombia now! Stop the military aid!” and the names Rigoberto Guzmàn and Diofanor Correa.
The graffiti appears to be in reference to JP Morgan Chase’s widely reported financial ties to Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol.
Ecopetrol has been accused by various activist organizations of funding Colombian right wing paramilitaries. However, those allegations remain unproven.
According to a 2000 report by Amnesty International, Guzmàn and Correa were among six civilians living in a “peace community” in northwestern Colombia, who were publicly executed by right wing paramilitaries 17 years ago.
It is unclear what time last night’s vandalism occurred, or if Chase has security footage of the incident. The bank’s branch manager declined to comment.
According to a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Dept.’s Northeast Division, the police are aware of the incident and have spoken with Chase bank representatives, but no police report had been filed as of late this morning.
The vandalism was mentioned at this morning’s Los Feliz Business Improvement District (LFVBID) meeting as part of what boardmembers said was a recent uptick in crime in the neighborhood.
The LFVBID will host a public safety meeting February 28th to discuss crime prevention. The time and location are still to be decided. For more information, visit losfeliz.biz