Stickers From White Supremacist Group With Links to Europe Found in New York: 'They Are Inciting Fear and Division Within Our Communities'

New York governor Andrew Cuomo has launched an investigation after white supremacist stickers were found plastered all across the city of Troy.

The stickers, which contained slogans such as "Multiculturalism kills" and "You are disrespected. You are white. Strike back" have appeared across the city, although many residents have taken to removing them.

Reverend Jeremiah Lennox was one of those who took matters into his own hands after seeing stickers with phrases such as "diversity means no white neighborhoods" on telephone poles near the Collar City Bridge.

"They stood out. Took a moment [to think] 'am I actually seeing this or...,'" Lennox told Spectrum News. "I realized what they were and immediately started stripping them off."

It is believed the stickers are linked to the white nationalist Hundred Handers group, self-described as having members "hundreds-strong across the western world."

Photos posted on a @HundredHanders Twitter account show photos of similar-themed stickers being plastered in towns and cities all across the U.K. The group claims its stickers have been shipped across the world, including to Spain and Italy, with photos showing they have also appeared in the U.S.

The group, named after giant creatures from Greek mythology with fifty heads and 100 arms, say they send out their slogans to their "hands" so they can print them and post them anonymously.

Troy City councilman Anasha Cummings also reported seeing the stickers posted onto telephone poles and mailboxes last month and removed some himself.

Speaking to the Times Union, he believes the stickers are being placed there by a troll—"someone who cares more about riling us up for attention than the actual message."

In a statement, Mayor Patrick Madden said: "Troy stands against discrimination in all its forms. Racism, bigotry and prejudice have no place in our community. Messages which seek to create divisions along racial, ethnic or religious lines will be rejected, and we encourage residents to report graffiti on public property to City Hall."

Cuomo also said he is "deeply disturbed" by the appearance of the white supremacist stickers.

"These materials are not just spreading hate speech, they are inciting fear and division within our communities, and we must all stand together and disavow this hate-fueled rhetoric immediately," he said.

"I am directing the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist local authorities in their investigation to ensure those responsible are found and held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

"These acts are not just disgusting—they are illegal, and we will never allow hate and discrimination to divide us in New York."

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(File photo) Anti-Nazi activist Irmela Mensah-Schramm scrapes a Nazi sticker off a drainpipe in eastern Berlin's Lichtenberg district December 20, 2011. Far-right Stickers have been turning up on light poles and other places in Troy, New York. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty