Street artist Banksy creates T-shirt to help activists going on trial in Georgia

Banksy, the street artist best known for his politically charged art, has created a T-shirt in aid of a group of activists who are facing trial in Georgia for carrying out a non-violent protest in support of a statue of a freed slave erected by a former governor. The 25-year-old participants are also taking part in a museum in their native Tbilisi who have called the protest illegal.

“GRABBING A TREMBLE TROLL WHO TOOK MY PARENTS AWAY IS JUST THE ADDRESS I WANT THEM TO GET,” Banksy said. “Need some notepad? Good, hurry.”

An artist who lives in the U.K., Banksy has showcased his graffiti drawings and murals all over the world and has been known to make satirical statements against injustices around the world. His most famous works include a hammer and sickle stencil that briefly terrorized people in Dubai in 2015 and his Bats for Humanity stencil in Saigon, Vietnam, that coincided with the fall of Saigon in 1975.

The T-shirt has sold for 350 pounds ($450) on Kickstarter in order to help fund the activists who plan to sell the T-shirts online. These artists, known as the “Museum of Bats,” have created a fully functioning museum in which they present exhibits from their collection, such as human hair sent by art lovers to Georgia. The donated hair has been carefully laundered by the museum staff and is embossed with the museum’s logo, complete with a spider and an atom symbol.

Prior to the protests, members of the Museum of Bats visited the mayor’s office and requested to remove a statue of a woman lying on a bed and parading naked in a prison attire, which they viewed as an outdated political symbol. According to Georgian national media, the mayor did not remove the statue.

Read the full story at The Times of London.

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