Banksy Goes to Marble Arch

A new Banksy has popped up in London, and, yes, it’s political.

Banksy Goes to Marble Arch

A new graffiti work has popped up in London’s Marble Arch, which many are speculating to be a Banksy (though it is yet to be confirmed).

The work has appeared amid the Extinction Rebellion protests, and it would seem that Banksy is backing the climate activists and protesters: alongside the image of a child with the Extinction Rebellion emblem (a geometric hourglass encased in a circle), it reads ‘From this moment despair ends and tactics begin’.

Extinction Rebellion have been insisting ministers declare a climate urgency in order to avoid what the group calls a “sixth mass extinction” of earth’s species.

The spot in Marble Arch where the work has appeared is the only police-sanctioned protest area.

Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists gathered on what was the sixth day of protests in London
Hundreds of Extinction Rebellion activists gathered on what was the sixth day of protests in London

The work arrived after a final day of action in which eco-protesters targeted London’s financial districts to highlight what they called the business world’s “role in collective suicide”. The protestors blockaded the London Stock Exchange by gluing themselves across entrances to the trading hub, and they also climbed on top of a DLR train at Canary Wharf.

Over 10,000 police officers were deployed and around 1,130 people were arrested during the protests which began on 15 April. The Met has charged 69 people and British Transport Police charged three.

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Cover image: The Independent