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Garvey Statue Vandalised

DEFACED: A photo of the bust covered in yellow paint and bird feathers.

THE BUST of Jamaican National Hero Marcus Garvey, erected at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, has been vandalised.

Images posted online overnight show the bust splattered with yellow paint and bird feathers with a sign stating 'Notice: Take down this fake statue. Oct 17, 2017'.

The statue, put up in August, had been meant to appease the public following outrage over one previously erected at university.

Sculptor Raymond Watson created both busts.

One Twitter user thought the move was “Mad disrespectful!!! Even if you don't like the statue think about the person it represents.”

Another user posted: “That's going way too far. It's a statue, its art. Not everybody going to like it. Appreciate the artwork for what it represents and live on.”

However, another user blamed the UWI authorities, commenting: “When people in authority don't listen...”

This story is developing.

This article was adapted from one that appears on the website of our sister newspaper, The Gleaner.

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