Banksy Protest Mural Unveiled In New York



British artist Banksy revealed his new artwork in New York to draw attention to the imprisonment of Zehra Dogan, a Turkish painter and journalist.

The mural is 70 feet long, showing Dogan behind bars with the last bar as a pencil, and next to the mural is a call for her release.

Dogan was sentenced to two years and nine months last year for her painting of the Kurdish town Nusaybin.

Her painting, which was based off a photograph, showed the town reduced to rubble during fighting between Turkish and Kurdish militants.

Dogan posted her watercolor painting to social media and was subsequently imprisoned for “Turkish flags on destroyed buildings.”

Banksy said, “I really feel for her. I’ve painted things much more worthy of custodial sentence.”

Dogan has 18 months left to serve and at the time is unaware of the mural.