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A mural of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg in Edmonton, Canada, was defaced with a slur and pro-oil messages over the weekend, according to the CBC.
One man who defaced the mural, James Bagnell, spray-painted “Stop the Lies. This is Oil Country!!!” over Thunberg’s face, according to the news outlet. He told the CBC he was moved to spray the message after seeing images of the mural painted on a downtown “free wall.”
The article goes on to state the following:
“I think it’s absolutely intolerant of them to tell us how to change our lives and our people. She should go back to her country and try to make her country better,” Bagnell told CBC, telling Thunberg to “shut up until you have solutions.”
This is shameful, but also sad. I don’t believe that this represents Albertans & how we treat those who disagree with us. Let’s not let this one act change our commitment to having difficult discussions, even when we disagree. #ableg #GretaInAlberta https://t.co/Qkkar4bt5p
— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) October 21, 2019
A mural of @GretaThunberg in Edmonton days has been defaced.
It was reported by CTV News Edmonton. A picture also showed the added message telling Greta to leave Canada.
— Art For Our Planet (@ArtForOurPlanet) October 21, 2019
New @GretaThunberg mural in Edmonton, Canada painted Friday for her visit, Was defaced by Saturday by James Bagnell who’s daddy works in the oil industry. “This is Alberta We don’t need foreigners comin’ in and telling us how to run our business.” #MorningJoe pic.twitter.com/2Rx9T0Go08
— THE CONNET (@THEAlleyeceeing) October 21, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) October 21, 2019
— Global Edmonton (@GlobalEdmonton) October 20, 2019
— CTV Edmonton (@ctvedmonton) October 19, 2019
— CBC Newfoundland and Labrador (@CBCNL) October 21, 2019
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