A young boy points a camera he was playing with towards a new piece of street art believed to be by street artist Banksy on a wall where Extinction Rebellion climate protesters had set up a camp in Marble Arch, London, Friday, April 26, 2019. Extinction Rebellion ended its remaining blockades in London on Thursday evening with a closing ceremony, after disrupting the British capital for 10 days. The non-violent protest group is seeking negotiations with the government on its demand to make slowing climate change a top priority. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

London council wants to know if climate mural is by Banksy

April 26, 2019 - 12:08 pm

LONDON (AP) — The local authority in central London is trying to determine if a stenciled mural that appeared at the base camp for climate protests was done by the street artist Banksy.

The mural is on a wall at Marble Arch, where the group Extinction Rebellion had an encampment.

The artwork shows a child holding an Extinction Rebellion sign beside the words "From this moment despair ends and tactics begin."

The leader of the district that oversees Marble Arch, Nickie Aiken, tweeted the Westminster City Council spent Friday morning "discussing how to protect what we suspect (&hope) is the latest Banksy creation."

Banksy's spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

More than 1,100 people were arrested blocking roads and bridges during more than a week of Extinction Rebellion protests.

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