Banksy Creates T-Shirt To Help Alleged Topplers Of Slave Trader Statue

LONDON (AFP) – People lined up in Bristol on Saturday for the latest work of elusive street artist Banksy – a T-shirt designed to help four suspects bring down a local statue of a slave trader.

The gray shirt features the word Bristol over a blank pedestal like the one on which a 17th-century statue of slave trader Edward Colston long stood.

Anti-racism protesters toppled and dumped the statue in Bristol Harbor in June 2020 amid global protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

Four people have been charged with criminal damage in the statue-cutting incident and are due to stand trial next week.

“I made some commemorative T-shirts to celebrate the occasion,” Banksy said on social media on Friday. Available at different outlets in the city from tomorrow. Everything goes to the accused so they can get a pint.”

The shirts cost $33 and are limited to one per customer.

Banksy’s identity was never confirmed, but he began his career by spraying walls and bridges in Bristol, a port city in southwest England. Some of his works have sold for millions of dollars at auction.

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