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Worcester City Councilor says her home was vandalized over politics

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Worcester, Massachusetts: On September 15, 2023, the Worcester City Councilor reported that someone attacked her over her politics when she found out that her house had been demolished, which happened on Friday evening.


Councilor Etel Haxhiaj, who was searching for a second election to constitute District 5, distributed on social media that a person used a baseball to throw to plan on breaking the living room window at her house.


Haxhiaj reported on Twitter that she explained that she was going outside after the window was damaged. She perceived the campaign signs located in the yard had been ripped apart on the ground. 


"This political targeting is ugly," said Haxhiaj. "The harassment I’ve been facing for over four years now is a reminder of what some of us are facing for our values, ideas, and work."


Worcester Mayor Joe Petty reported on Twitter about the incident of the destruction of Haxhiaj's home. One of the signs destroyed in Worcester Councilor's yard was to help Khrystian King, who is one of the candidates' mayoral nominees in November's election. 


"As the Mayor of Worcester, I want to make it unequivocally clear that violence against any individual, including current city councilors running for office, has no place in our democratic process," Petty said. "Our city has a rich tradition of civil discourse, debate, and respect for differing opinions. We must uphold these values as we engage in political campaigns and elections."


Haxhiaj is a single mother of two sons. She has lived in the City of Worcester since 2001. She moved to this city as a young adult after her family fled Albania's political turmoil.


In the September 5, municipal preliminary election, Haxhiaj became the head candidate for the District 5 city councilor that was placed by completing 54.51% of the vote. The mandate would look out for Jose Rivera (38.81%) in November’s general election.


Worcester City councilor says home was vandalized over politics


Worcester City councilor says her home was targeted by vandals.


Edited by: Soumya Parija


 


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