"> Name: Birmingham removes Mohammed Ali's "Free Gaza" mural from building.

Date:  2006-present

Location:  Europe

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumPublic art , Painting

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Artist: Mohammed Ali

Confronting Bodies: West Midlands Police Officers and Council in Birmingham, UK

Date of Action: February 26 2009

Specific Location: Front of a building in Alum Rock, Birmingham, UK

Description of Artwork: Graffiti mural painting with the words "Free Gaza" painted over a fence, a bloody hand waving the Palestine flag.

Description of Incident: The West Midlands police sandblasted the mural from Sergeant orders and after also receiving permission from building owner. It was removed "for fear it would trigger racial violence." According to the DailyMail, "the decision was taken to remove the image following a 'risk assessment' they had carried out."

Results of Incident: Ali met with police staff to discuss the removal.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1157721/Award-winning-artists-anti-war-mural-scrubbed--fear-violence.html

Submitted By: Teresa Koberstein, NCAC

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