Suspected Banksy mural appears on wall at Extinction Rebellion protest
A mural believe to be the work of Banksy appeared on the tenth day of Extinction Rebellion protests.
The artwork was spayed onto a wall in Marble Arch around the time the demonstrators gathered nearby on Thursday to celebrate the closing of their spell of disruption in central London.
While it has not been confirmed as the work of the Bristol street artist, it bares his familiar stencilled style.
It shows a child clutching an Extinction Rebellion sign while crouching near a plant shoot emerging from the earth.
"From this moment despair ends and tactics begin," accompanying words say.
Skeena Rathor, vision co-ordinator for the activists also known as XR, told the crowd in Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park on Thursday that the event marked a "pause" in their protests.
The appearance of the graffiti just days after Massive Attack performed for crowds of climate change activists will encourage those who believe the graffiti artist is Robert Del Naja.
Last year DJ Goldie referred to his friend Banksy as "Robert" in an interview with Scroobius Pip, leading some to believe the Bristolian trip-hop performer is also an internationally recognised street artist.
Whether or not Del Naja made the most of his trip to London on Sunday night – when he played Massive Attack hits from the makeshift stage at Marble Arch – by painting the mural is not clear.
The street artist recently made headlines when his piece 'Love is in the Bin' went up for sale.
An image of a girl releasing a balloon was sold for £860,000 only for the work to be pushed through a shredder hidden in the bottom of the frame.
It stopped with the image having only been half shredded.
Banksy later uploaded a video of the frame fully destroying a similar image with the caption: "In rehearsals, it worked every time."
Yesterday XR protesters continued to disrupt London on what was their tenth day of action.
Protesters glued themselves together outside revolving doors at the London Stock Exchange in the City of London, and climbed on top of a DLR train at Canary Wharf during the morning rush.
At the stock exchange, two men and five women glued themselves to a wall and to each other, and a further six eco-protesters – five men and one woman – then glued themselves outside a second entrance to prevent people from entering.
Before they were removed by police, they wore financial ticker-style LED signs reading "Climate emergency", "Tell the truth" and "You can't eat money".
The protesters were dressed in black suits and red ties, and covered their faces with "Robocop style" plastic masks bearing the group's logo in gold paint.
Since they began protesting last Monday more than 1,000 people have deliberately got themselves arrested through acts of civil disobedience in a bid to have their demands heard.
They have three main demands:
1. Tell the truth – The government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
2. Act now – Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
3. Beyond politics – Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens' Assembly on climate and ecological issues.
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