What about the anti-Graffiti Movement?
There is no “graffiti is legal” argument – not for the first, nor the second or last time you’ve heard this one.
You will remember, that when the Anti-Graffiti movement were setting up their protest camp outside of the London Olympics in 2012, the police refused to allow them (with the full approval/compliance of the Mayor of London) to spray-paint the London Organising Committee which was organizing the Games.
A simple glance at the map of the London Organizing Committee reveals the extent that London is the city where ‘graffiti’ is illegal.
Not only, that the London Organising Committee are the main owners of the Olympic and Paralympic rings, on which ‘graffiti’ is illegal.
Not only do they have the Olympic Park where most of the Olympics Organizing Committee is located as well as a whole lot of other sites around the Olympics venue.
They also hold exclusive access to the London London Olympics Stadium which, in many ways (including the location of some of the most famous Olympic venues in the world), is as famous for ‘graffiti’ as the London Organising Committee themselves.
All this, whilst being on the wrong side of the law.
That very thing which makes ‘graffiti’ an acceptable form of protest has now been confirmed to be legal.
In fact, there is now a law in place which makes ‘Graffiti’ legal in London – and by the end of 2014, it would have been illegal in almost every other major city – including Paris (at that time).
The law is the ‘Graffiti (Graffiti and Illegal Recording of Unlawful Activity) Bill 2014’. As the BBC explains:
“The Public Order Act 1986 makes “graffiti” an “unlawful recording” of “unauthorised activity” which is in “the public interest”.
And the ‘Graffiti (Graffiti and Illegal Recording of Unlawful Activity) Bill 2014’ is basically a continuation of that measure.”
This law is also made specifically specifically for ‘graffiti’.
The Bill adds that:
“In particular the person recording the activity in the public interest must ensure that their recording is done immediately before they enter the “protected area”: “This is to prevent repeat recording of illegal activities.”
The BBC explains further:
“Although the Public Order Act 1986 states that recording
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