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George Floyd mural in Manchester defaced with racist slur

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A George Floyd mural in Manchester was defaced overnight with racist graffiti – with a £1,000 bounty being offered to bring the perpetrator to justice, according to HuffPost.

The portrait, in the city’s Stevenson Square, was painted by artist Akse P19 following the death of George Floyd on May 25.

Sacha Lord, founder of The Warehouse Project and a Greater Manchester night-time economy adviser, said in a tweet the “scumbag” that painted the N-word over the artwork “does not represent Manchester”.

He added: “The good news is the area is hugely condensed with CCTV. I’ll offer up £1,000 for any info leading to an arrest. DMs open.”

Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into the graffiti, but no arrests have been made.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, described the act as “utterly sickening”.

He said: “We are currently reviewing CCTV footage in the area and we will do everything we can to find out who committed this abhorrent crime.

“Manchester is a place that celebrates our diversity and we will not tolerate hate in our city.”

Akse P19, who has since repaired the mural, said he was “disgusted” by what had happened.

“I do not tolerate racism as I have suffered from it since childhood,” he said.

“It just emphasises the need to carry on the fight against racism.”

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