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Mural depicting George Floyd unveiled on West Bank 'Apartheid Wall'04:47

Mural depicting George Floyd unveiled on West Bank 'Apartheid Wall'

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Bethlehem
June 10, 2020 at 17:33 GMT -00:00 · Published

A mural depicting George Floyd alongside his last words before being killed by the police has been painted by an artist on the West Bank 'Apartheid Wall' in Bethlehem.

Palestinian artist Taqi Spateen was filmed on Wednesday adding some finishing touches to his piece of art. Floyd's face features on the wall, alongside the words, "I can't breathe," and "I want justice, not O2," meaning oxygen. The wall is also known as the Separation Wall and the Israeli West Bank barrier.

Spateen attributed the racism that "killed George Floyd in America" to be the same as "the racism that created this wall."

The artist insisted that the demonstrations were "not strange" for Palestinians "because these demonstrations happen in Palestine since 1948 until now and the reason for these demonstrations is the spread of racism in this country, injustice, oppression and repression that the Palestinian people suffer from."

"In Palestine, being Palestinian or Arab is a reason to be killed at any moment even if you have not committed any crime," he added.

A wave of protests sparked by George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minneapolis have been taking place since May 26 in the US and around the world.

George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, after officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite Floyd saying he couldn't breathe. Chauvin has since been fired and arrested.

Mural depicting George Floyd unveiled on West Bank 'Apartheid Wall'04:47
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A mural depicting George Floyd alongside his last words before being killed by the police has been painted by an artist on the West Bank 'Apartheid Wall' in Bethlehem.

Palestinian artist Taqi Spateen was filmed on Wednesday adding some finishing touches to his piece of art. Floyd's face features on the wall, alongside the words, "I can't breathe," and "I want justice, not O2," meaning oxygen. The wall is also known as the Separation Wall and the Israeli West Bank barrier.

Spateen attributed the racism that "killed George Floyd in America" to be the same as "the racism that created this wall."

The artist insisted that the demonstrations were "not strange" for Palestinians "because these demonstrations happen in Palestine since 1948 until now and the reason for these demonstrations is the spread of racism in this country, injustice, oppression and repression that the Palestinian people suffer from."

"In Palestine, being Palestinian or Arab is a reason to be killed at any moment even if you have not committed any crime," he added.

A wave of protests sparked by George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minneapolis have been taking place since May 26 in the US and around the world.

George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, after officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite Floyd saying he couldn't breathe. Chauvin has since been fired and arrested.

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