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Dublin mural of Greta Thunberg repaired after being vandalised

The mural of the 18-year-old environmental activist is painted on the side of a building in Smithfield.
Mar 4th 2021, 12:00 PM 30,361 73

A DUBLIN CITY mural of the activist Greta Thunberg has been repaired after it was vandalised this week.

The mural of the 18-year-old environmental activist from Sweden was painted on the side of a building on Chancery Street in Smithfield last weekend.

The painting, by artist Emma Blake, shows Thunberg with a speech bubble and the wording “The world is waking up and change is coming” written inside it.

Photos of the mural were shared on social media yesterday showing that it had been vandalised, with the words “Slut X George Soros Slut” painted across it.

The mural has since been repaired by the artist.

The artist said that she designed the mural in 2019 after her UN speech and decided to paint it now to mark her 18th birthday in January.

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Blake said that she wanted to “remind people of her words in that speech and the fight against climate change we have ahead of us”:

“You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you.
“We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.” 

The Thunberg mural is part of a series of murals by Blake: which includes figures such as Bernie Sanders (next to the Thunberg mural); musicians such as Sinéad O’Connor, Lizzo and Post Malone; and anti-racism murals, including one dedicated to George Floyd.

With reporting from Hayley Halpin.

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