Monday 10 December 2018

Vandal targets Banksy’s New York mural

The mural protests against the jailing of a Turkish artist and journalist.

Graffiti painted on top of a mural in New York by British graffiti artist Banksy (Shelly Acoca/AP)
Graffiti painted on top of a mural in New York by British graffiti artist Banksy (Shelly Acoca/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

British 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.

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The mural before it was vandalised (Mary Altaffer/AP)

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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