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Mural Of Greta Thunberg Vandalised In Hours

Mural Of Greta Thunberg Vandalised In Hours

One of the people who defaced it said: "I think it's absolutely intolerant of them to tell us how to change our lives and our people."

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

Greta Thunberg has certainly earned her spot on the list of most talked about people in 2019.

Not only has she served it to world leaders at the UN Climate Summit in New York City but she's also inspired a movement that led to one of the largest collective protests in human history.

There are people around the globe that praise the Swedish 16-year-old for speaking up about the health of the planet. One of those people decided to immortalise the teen in a mural in Canada.

Local artist AJA Louden decorated a free wall in Edmonton, Alberta, because he believed in what the activist was saying.

However, a few hours after Louden had completed his work, it had been defaced by two different people.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the first man, who didn't wish to give his name, wrote: "Stop the Lies. This is Oil Country!!!"

He told the CBC: "This is Alberta. This is oil country. My father has worked in the oil industry. We don't need foreigners coming in and telling us how to run our business, support our families, put food on our tables.

CBC

"I think it's absolutely intolerant of them to tell us how to change our lives and our people. She should go back to her country and try to make her country better.

"Just shut up until you have solutions."

Another man came to the site a few hours after the first and continued the work of the unnamed man. He told Greta to get out of his country and reportedly used a derogatory slur against her.

Surprisingly, when the CBC told AJA Louden that his work had been defaced, he wasn't upset.

"Nothing lasts forever - one of my favourite things about that wall is that anyone is allowed to express themselves there, so I'm not upset at all," Louden wrote.

CBC

"I haven't seen what went over it, but if anyone is upset about what was painted over the portrait, they can just paint back over it, it's not a big deal at all."

While she's been mocked by these two men, she's won praise from one of the biggest people in the industry: Sir David Attenborough.

The renowned naturalist told Huffington Post, Sir Davey said: "Greta Thunberg is there because of her passion, her insight and her concern about the future. She's a political person, she's not a broadcasting person."

Not a bad shoutout.

Featured Image Credit: AJA Louden/Instagram

Topics: World News, News