The Metropolitan Police have arrested four campaigners after they painted a giant Ukrainian flag on the Bayswater road outside the Russian embassy on Thursday.
Campaign group Led By Donkeys claimed responsibility for the spectacular 500 square metre blue and yellow flag to mark the first anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s “imperialist invasion of Ukraine.”
The group said the paint was “high-standard, non-toxic, solvent-free, eco-friendly, fast-dry edible paint designed for making road art.”
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They spread 170 litres of yellow paint on one side of the Bayswater Road and another 170 litres of blue paint on the other side of the road and were seen spreading the paint with large brushes and held up signs warning motorists and cyclist to “drive slowly.”
Led By Donkeys said in a statement, “Tomorrow is the first anniversary of Putin’s imperialist invasion of Ukraine.
“Contrary to what the Russian dictator and his apologists claim, Ukraine is an independent state and a people with every right to self-determination.
Solidarity with Ukraine ✊
(Russian Embassy, London) pic.twitter.com/efRXKgDuqV
— Led By Donkeys (@ByDonkeys) February 23, 2023
“The existence of a massive Ukrainian flag outside his embassy in London will serve to remind him of that.”
The Met Police arrested three males and one female and were arrested under suspicion of criminal damage and obstructing the highway.
“At 08:45 today officers attended Kensington Palace Gardens, where paint had been thrown on the highway,” the Met said in a tweet.
“Four people, three males and one female, were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and obstructing the highway.
“They remain in custody.”