He would have been better off spraying this:
Sounds like followers of the bended desert warlord wanted to defend their supremcism.
Graffiti artist attacked by gang in Paris ghetto for painting the word ‘coexist’ with Christian, Muslim and Jewish symbols in bid to inspire religious harmony
Calling for peace: The design featured the word ‘coexist’ written with a Muslim crescent for the letter C, a Star of David as the X and a Christian cross as the ‘T’. It was accompanied by a life-size self-portrait
- Artist ‘Combo’ left with dislocated shoulder and bruises across his face
- Was beaten up by four youths demanding he remove the mural and ‘shave off his beard’, before they ‘left him bleeding’ and fled
- Comes amid heightened religious tensions after Charlie Hebdo massacre
- Combo says the atmosphere in Paris is ‘heavier’ since the attacks
A French graffiti artist has told how he was attacked by a gang after refusing to take down a mural calling for religious harmony in Paris.
The artist, known as Combo, 28, was left with a dislocated shoulder and bruises across his face after being set upon in a ghetto in the east of the capital.
He had just finished a design that featured the word ‘coexist’ written with a Muslim crescent for letter C, a Star of David as the X and a Christian cross as the ‘T’.
It was accompanied by a life-size self-portrait and his tag ‘combo’.
Four youths reportedly asked him to remove it and then attacked him when he refused, it was reported by Le Monde.
The attack has highlighted the religious tensions in the French capital that have flared up since last month’s massacre at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper by Islamist extremists.
Combo, also known as the Culture Kidnapper, revealed details of the assault on his Facebook page.
‘They were tired that I wasn’t giving, so they left me bleeding and fled,’ he wrote.
‘They promised me the same treatment if I did it again and told me to shave off my beard.’
He declined to discuss the identity of his attackers, saying ‘it would only add fuel to the fire’, adding: ‘I won’t forgive them for what they did of course, but I won’t seek revenge either.
‘I filed a complaint with the police and I trust the French judicial system to do its job.’
When asked whether Paris had changed since the Islamist attacks, Combo said: ‘It is different, clearly.
‘The way people look at me especially. Not because of my origins I believe, but because of my beard.