A patrol by the cantonal police found shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday evening that the Suworow memorial had been smeared with paint stains, the Uri cantonal police said on Monday. Presumably, small glasses or bags were filled with paint and thrown against the monument.
The memorial in Andermatt commemorates the march of the Russian Field Marshal Alexander Suvorov with 21,000 men from Italy through the Alps to the north in the war year 1799. This led to a bloody battle with Napoleon’s troops in the Schöllenen. Hundreds of Russian soldiers fell.
A century later, in 1898, Tsarist Russia erected a 12 meter high cross with a golden inscription in honor of the fallen in a rock.
During the night on Monday, unknown persons also smeared the town hall in Altdorf. The canton police write that it is a lettering in red color. Slogans for the Frontex vote can be seen on pictures in the “Urner Zeitung”.
The lettering on the town hall was discovered at 6 a.m. on Monday morning, as Adrian Zurfluh, the canton’s information officer, said at the request of the Keystone-SDA news agency. The facade has already been cleaned.
The police write that it is unclear whether the two contaminations are related. The investigation is ongoing. The property damage cannot yet be quantified.