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Sat Aug 29, 2020, 07:45 PM

Artist Banksy on migrant crisis: 'All Black Lives Matter'

LONDON (AP) — Street artist Banksy has released a video with a strong political message explaining why he became involved in a search-and-rescue ship helping migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

“Like most people who make it in the art world, I bought a yacht to cruise the Med,” the artist wrote in captions accompanying the video, which was posted to his Instagram account Saturday. “It’s a French Navy vessel we converted into a lifeboat.”

“Because EU authorities deliberately ignore distress calls from ’non-Europeans',” the subversive artist continued. “All Black Lives Matter.”

The video featured footage of migrants at sea and clips of the vessel, called the MV Louise Michel, which is painted bright pink and features a mural depicting a young girl holding on to a heart-shaped safety float.


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