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Offensive fliers cause concern in Brunswick

The flier equates the rainbow flag to the soviet hammer and sickle, a symbol of communism. (Kathy Wilson)

BRUNSWICK (WGME) – The Brunswick Police Department have identified the individual responsible for the offensive fliers left around Brunswick.

Councilwoman Kathy Wilson was leaving a 9/11 observance Monday, when she found a flier on her car, targeting the LGBTQ community.

The flier equates the rainbow flag to the soviet hammer and sickle, a symbol of communism. Above that, an apparent logo of the Forest Brothers.

Wilson, who is openly gay, says she felt threatened by the flier and says she thinks she was targeted because of the multiple rainbow flags on her car. She took the flier to police.

Brunswick police say three similar fliers were found at a local Burger King last week.

Officials say they did an internet search for the Forest Brothers and found it was a decades-old anti-Stalin group, but found no ties to Brunswick or Maine.

The Brunswick Police Department appreciates the information provided by the public to help the investigation.

The person (a Brunswick resident) who distributed the flyers has been served a harassment warning. Their name is being withheld until the investigation is complete and a determination is made of whether a crime was committed.

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