Banksy and the Calais Jungle

A new artwork by Banksy criticising the use of teargas in the “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais has appeared on the French embassy in London. The artwork, which depicts a young girl from the film and musical Les Misérables with tears in her eyes as CS gas billows towards her, appeared overnight on Saturday.

In a first for the elusive graffiti artist, the artwork is interactive and includes a stencilled QR code beneath. If viewers hold their phone over the code, it links them to an online video of a police raid on the camps on 5 January.

The work is the latest in a series of pieces by the graffiti artist criticising Europe’s handling of the ongoing refugee crisis. It is a direct comment on the recent attempts by French authorities to bulldoze part of the camp in Calais – which has now been deemed unsafe – and evict about 1,500 refugees. (THE GUARDIAN)

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Workmen cover up a new artwork by Banksy. The artwork opposite the French embassy includes a QR code that links to a video of a police raid on the Calais ‘jungle’ camp | Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

See also: Clearing of the “Calais Jungle” in Pictures | THE GUARDIAN

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