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‘New Banksy’ appears at Marble Arch to mark end of Extinction Rebellion protests

A new piece of street art believed to be by the artist known as Banksy is seen at Marble Arch, next to the site of the Extinction Rebellion protest, London, April 26 2019.

A new piece of street art believed to be by the artist known as Banksy is seen at Marble Arch (Picture: SWNS)

Banksy has apparently shown his support for Extinction Rebellion (XR) by honouring the group with one of his famous artworks.

The mural popped up yesterday night when protestors gathered at Marble Arch to celebrate the end of the ten day long demonstrations.

The image showed a child clutching an XR sign while crouching near a plant, with accompanying words: ‘From this moment despair ends and tactics begin’

Protester Calvin Benson, 48, is convinced the artwork is the real deal.

He said: ‘One hundred per cent its a Banksy, it’s already been confirmed by street artists and the whole community knows about this. Most of them had been down here.

‘Read the message, he’s a supporter of Extinction Rebellion.’

Calvin Benson, 48, puts a protective plastic sheeting over an artwork which appears to be by street artist Banksy. The environmental artwork has appeared near the Extinction Rebellion camp in Marble Arch, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 26, 2019. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Climate. Photo credit should read: Ted Hennessey/PA Wire

XR protester Calvin Benson puts a protective plastic sheeting over the artwork (Picture: PA)

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The mural sprung up yesterday between 7.30pm and 10pm, according to XR supporter Steve Jones, 53.

He added: ‘I was right under the nose of it all, but I didn’t see a single thing. I returned from an Extinction Rebellion meeting and it was there, it just appeared.

‘A man we met last night said he had been taking photographs of Banksy’s work after it’s done, and this ticks all the boxes.

‘It shows a message of hope and desire for the future against the tyranny we are held under.’

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A new piece of street art believed to be by the artist known as Banksy is seen at Marble Arch, next to the site of the Extinction Rebellion protest, London, April 26 2019.

The artwork appeared in Marble Arch yesterday evening (Picture: SWNS)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Laura De Meo/REX (10218668j) Extintion rebellion protester clean up the speaker's corner at Marble Arch Extinction Rebellion Protest, London, UK - 25 Apr 2019

Extintion rebellion protester clean up the speaker’s corner at Marble Arch (Picture: Rex)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: A boat is placed in the centre of the traffic junction as Environmental campaigners block Oxford Circus during a coordinated protest by the Extinction Rebellion group on April 15, 2019 in London, England. With demonstrations blocking a number of locations across the capital, the group aims to stop traffic for up to five days. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

XR environmental campaigners block Oxford Circus (Picture: Getty Images)

Several defiant protesters remained at Marble Arch this morning having slept overnight in tents.

Around 1,130 people have been arrested during the protests which started on April 15, while more than 10,000 police officers have been deployed.

The Metropolitan Police said 69 people have been charged, while BTP has charged three people.

XR describes itself as an ‘international apolitical network using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.’

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