War of words over China breaks out on London graffiti wall

War of words over China breaks out on London graffiti wall (2023)


War of words over China breaks out on London graffiti wall (2023) © AFP / France 24

Long renowned as a graffiti artist’s heaven, Brick Lane in east London has found itself at the heart of a furious political debate overseas after a group of Chinese art students spray-painted Communist Party slogans over one of its walls. The red Chinese characters extolling the “core Socialist values” appeared on August 5, drawing online furore and inspiring counter-graffiti critical of the Chinese authorities and Xi Jinping’s rule.

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