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Wed Sep 26, 2012, 01:37 PM

Woman arrested for marring anti-jihad NY subway ad [View all]

Source: CBS News

NEW YORK An Egyptian-born U.S. columnist was arrested Tuesday for spray-painting an advertisement equating Muslim radicals with savages at a New York City subway station.

Mona Eltahawy, 45, of New York, was arrested on charges including criminal mischief and making graffiti, police said. Her arrest was captured on video by a New York Post camera crew and posted online.

Eltahawy is a women's rights defender and lecturer on the role of social media in the Arab world. She calls herself a liberal Muslim who's spoken publicly against violent Islamic groups. She's seen in the video spraying pink paint on the ad while another woman tries to block her.

"This is non-violent protest, see this America" Eltahawy said in the video as police officers were arresting her. "I'm an Egyptian-American and I refuse hate."

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505245_162-57520541/woman-arrested-for-marring-anti-jihad-ny-subway-ad/



Question for lawyers here: if her spray painting was an act of performance art, then would that be protected by the First Amendment?

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