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Politics Vandal dumps red paint on Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower

03:25  14 july  2020
03:25  14 july  2020 Source:   thehill.com

Two people paint over Black Lives Matter mural in California

  Two people paint over Black Lives Matter mural in California Two people in Martinez, Calif., spent part of Independence Day on Saturday painting over a recently-created mural reading "Black Lives Matter," local media report.According to NBC Bay Area, the mural was painted on a street in front of a local courthouse earlier on Saturday after activists had the project green-lit by city officials.Within hours, that mural had been vandalized by a man and woman.In footage, a woman wearing an with an American flag designed in the shape of a heart can be seen painting black over the mural while a man in a "Four More Years" shirt stands by her, recording and yelling at upset people nearby.

Matter mural in bold yellow letters on 5th Avenue in front of Trump Tower on July 9. Similar murals have been painted on streets around the country. Jul.13 -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio led a group that painted a Black Lives Matter mural in bold yellow letters on 5th Avenue in front of

Matter mural in bold yellow letters on 5th Avenue in front of Trump Tower on July 9. Similar murals have been painted on streets around the country. Jul.13 -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio led a group that painted a Black Lives Matter mural in bold yellow letters on 5th Avenue in front of

A man was recorded throwing red paint onto the Black Lives Matter mural that was recently painted on the street in front Trump Tower on Monday.

a person walking down a street: Vandal dumps red paint on Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower © Twitter Vandal dumps red paint on Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower

In brief footage of the incident captured on early Monday, the man, whose face was covered, could be seen dumping a can of red paint over part of the mural, days after it had just been completed. The man, who also didn't appear to be wearing gloves, then sets the can down on the street and flees.

However, by late afternoon, the relatively small part of the mural that had been vandalized had been repainted.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) shared a photo showing street crews applying touch-ups to the mural on late Monday.

"To whoever vandalized our mural on 5th Avenue: nice try. @NYC_DOT has already fixed it. The #BlackLivesMatter movement is more than words, and it can't be undone," he said in the tweet.

The vandalism comes as a number of murals erected over the past few weeks honoring the Black Lives Matter movement - which has emerged into a global organization in recent years that works to combat racism and police brutality - have been similarly defaced across the country.

New Yorkers paint 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' in front of Trump Tower. The president has called the mural a 'symbol of hate' that would denigrate 'the luxury Avenue'

  New Yorkers paint 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' in front of Trump Tower. The president has called the mural a 'symbol of hate' that would denigrate 'the luxury Avenue' The new "Black Lives Matter" mural painted on the street in front of Trump Tower comes after Trump called it a "symbol of hate."City transportation workers painted the racial justice movement's name in large yellow letters on the roads between 56th and 57th streets where the president's business stands. Trump earlier this month attacked the proposed mural, decrying it as a "symbol of hate" that would be "denigrating this luxury Avenue.

The street mural was completed on Fifth Avenue outside of Trump Tower in New York City on Thursday.

The street mural was completed on Fifth Avenue outside of Trump Tower in New York City on Thursday.

According to local station WABC, New York City police are currently looking for the man who vandalized the Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue, which had been completed just days before.

The vandalism also arrives roughly two weeks after President Trump attacked the city's plans to paint the mural and knocked de Blasio for "denigrating" what he called a "luxury avenue" with the project.

At the time, Trump also referred to the "Black Lives Matter" mural as a "symbol of hate" while taking aim at city officials over plans to cut $1 billion from the local police department's budget.

Black Lives Matter street mural in front of Trump Tower vandalized three times in one week .
The Black Lives Matter street mural in front of Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan has been vandalized three times in one week, according to the New York Police Department. © New York Police Department/AP The Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower in New York was defaced with blue paint on Friday. The latest incident occurred on Saturday afternoon when two women from Staten Island, ages 39 and 29, were arrested after they were seen pouring paint on the mural, an NYPD spokesperson told CNN.

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