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    Statues Toppled, New Slogans Chanted: Black Lives Matter Protests Continue (13)
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    The giant inscription painted by activists with the help of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife Charlene McCray, African-American activist Al Sharpton, and many others has previously been defaced two times by anonymous people.

    Two African-American women were arrested by police after they defaced a giant "Black Lives Matter" mural near Trump Tower in New York City, pouring and smearing black paint on it, according to the NYPD. Footage of the incident shows a woman crawling on the yellow letters and smearing black paint over them while screaming "re-fund the police" as officers arrest her.

    ​"They're liars!", she shouted. "They say they care about black lives, they're saying to defund the police".

    During the arrest, one officer also slipped on the paint and fell, injuring his arm.

    ​The inscription was painted by the Democratic leaders of the city and activists following nationwide protests sparked by the death of African-American man George Floyd during a violent arrest in Minneapolis. The mural, however, has since been sprayed with paint at least two times and then restored by local authorities.

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    Statues Toppled, New Slogans Chanted: Black Lives Matter Protests Continue (13)
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