Just a day after it was painted, a colourful tribute to Sandra Bland was defaced in Ottawa.
The mural, on a public wall of graffiti art in downtown Ottawa, started earlier this month with a minimalist piece saying "Black Lives Matter" by a group called Blak Collectiv. It didn't take long for it to be covered in tags.
Soon after, the entire message was covered with a piece reading "Wu-Tang is for the children."
In support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to diffuse the situation, artists Kalkidan Assefa and Allan Andre painted a portrait of Sandra Bland.
About 24 hours later, the portrait had been defaced with the line "All Lives Matter" written over Bland's name.
By 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, community members had restored the mural "to its near original state."
"The chapter thanks everyone who was involved in aiding to maintain the image of our Black women in our world. This will not be accepted," the group said.
Lauren Strapagiel is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto, Canada.
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