Thursday 19 April 2018

Banksy is drawing crowds to his NYC mural - because someone else has tagged it

People pass by part of a mural by British graffiti artist Banksy protesting the imprisonment of Turkish artist Zehra Dogan (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
People pass by part of a mural by British graffiti artist Banksy protesting the imprisonment of Turkish artist Zehra Dogan (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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Graffiti artist Banksy is drawing crowds to his New York City mural but for an unfortunate reason.

Somebody has added a signature tag to his artful protest over the imprisonment of a Turkish artist and journalist.

Plenty of pedestrians were taking a look at the graffiti, which is scrawled in red across the bottom half of his 70ft-long mural.

The mural bearing the slogan Free Zehra Dogan was recently installed on the Houston Bowery Wall, made famous by Keith Haring in the 1970s.

Banksy painting a mural in New York Credit: Jordan Scott /PA Wire
Banksy painting a mural in New York Credit: Jordan Scott /PA Wire
Banksy painting a mural in New York Credit: Jordan Scott /PA Wire
Pedestrians pass a mural by British graffiti artist Banksy protesting the imprisonment of Turkish artist Zehra Dogan (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
People pass by a mural by British graffiti artist Banksy protesting the imprisonment of Turkish artist Zehra Dogan (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The mural protests against the jailing of Dogan, an ethnic Kurd, after she painted the Turkish flag flying over the rubble of a destroyed town.

Dogan was convicted last March.

Banksy's mural shows her jailed behind a set of black tally marks representing her days in prison.

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