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George Floyd mural unveiled in Laeken

22:22 18/06/2020

A mural has been unveiled in Laeken paying tribute to George Floyd, the African-American man killed last month in a violent arrest by American police.

The artwork by Belgian-Congolese artist Julien Crevaels, aka NovaDead, can be found on the canalside at the junction of Avenue de la Reine and Rue des Palais Outre-Ponts.

Floyd is seen holding a rose. "I wanted to convey a message of love," said NovaDead, also known for his "The Future is Europe" mural on the Rue de la Loi, and his portrait of Nelson Mandela in Liège.

The mural was inaugurated on Thursday and will be included in one of Brussels' street art trails. "We were all shocked by the death of George Floyd," said Brussels-City alderwoman for culture, Delphine Houba.

"We want to condemn racist violence, but also send a message of peace, non-violence and hope. There have been demonstrations all over the world. With its many nationalities and its position as the capital of Europe, Brussels had to do something."

Written by The Bulletin


Frank Lee

"in a violent arrest by American police."
There is no such thing as "American police." There's a myriad of different police agencies in America. Derek Chauvin, the guy who murdered Floyd, was employed by the Minneapolis Police Department. The closest thing to an "American police" would be the FBI, and it doesn't patrol the streets looking for people to choke.

Jun 19, 2020 18:35