Garvey bust at UWI defaced

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A photograph of a defaced Marcus Garvey bust at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona surfaced on Twitter early this morning, just two days after the country celebrated National Heroes' Day and mere hours after a Bill was passed in the House of Representatives to absolve Jamaica's national heroes from criminal charges.

Liquid, which appears to be paint, was poured onto the bust, with feathers stuck to it, accompanied by a cardboard “notice”, dated October 17, stating: “take down this fake statue”.

One Twitter user thought the move was “Mad disrespectful!!! Even if you don't like the statue think about the person it represents.”

Another user agreed, tweeting: “That's going way too far. It's a statue, its art. Not everybody going to like it. Appreciate the artwork for what it represents and live on.”

However, another user blamed the UWI authorities, saying: “When people in authority don't listen...”

The current bust was installed on August 27 to replace a previous bust of the hero, following outcry from various sections of the society, including members of the Rastafarian movement, arguing that the statue was not a true depiction of Garvey.

Sculptor Raymond Watson created both busts.

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