“Save Gaza” graffiti, scrawled Thursday on a Post Road East crosswalk, is being painted over in this photo provided by the Westport Police Department.

WESTPORT — A Bridgeport woman has been charged with vandalizing a downtown crosswalk with pro-Palestinian graffiti on Thursday.

Katerina Hasiotis was issued a misdemeanor summons for criminal mischief, police said in a Friday statement.

“Save Gaza” was scrawled on a Post Road East crosswalk, near Main Street, according to police, who said the incident was reported by a witness.

The damage was temporarily addressed Thursday night, with public works crews finishing repairs Friday morning.

The police investigation identified Hasiotis as the suspect, according to the report, and after being contacted, she turned herself in at Police Department headquarters Friday. Her case is scheduled for June 20 at state Superior Court in Stamford.

In the Police Department statement announcing the allegation against Hasiotis, officials said that while they support everyone’s constitutionally guaranteed right to free speech, “Freedom of speech, however, does not include the destruction or defacement of public or private property. 

“The town respects and encourages the citizenry to express their opinions regardless of point of view. However, this must be done in a peaceful manner with respect to other’s personal safety and property.”