The Northern Quarter mural of George Floyd has once again been the subject of targeted graffiti for the second time today.
It has emerged that a large ‘N’ was sprayed over the mural last night.
Councillor Jon-Connor Lyons has confirmed that the mural has been temporarily covered up “to prevent further graffiti or cause any emotional damage to our communities”.
George Floyd died in Minneapolis, USA, in May last year after being forcibly held down by police officers, with the circumstances of his death leading to his image becoming an emblem for the Black Lives Matter movement and a worldwide campaign to stamp out racism, and this movement was what prompted famed Manchester-based street artist Akse to create a mural dedicated to Mr Floyd in Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter.
Sadly, the mural was first targeted with vile graffiti last summer, when a masked vandal sprayed n****r’ over Mr Floyd’s face.
The mural was subsequently repaired, and police and council leaders reacted with fury while vowing to catch the man responsible, but unfortunately, despite officers releasing CCTV images of the culprit, no one has been arrested or charged.
Speaking further on yesterday’s incident of defacing, Councillor Jon-Connor Lyons said: “Racism has no place in Manchester, we will not tolerate it and the Council will repair the memorial working with the artist.
“We’ll be working to review CCTV footage and any leads will be followed to find the culprit.
“Manchester is an inclusive, welcoming city with people from across the globe [and] this does not represent Manchester or Mancunians.
“Whoever did this has achieved nothing.”