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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

More on the Bitter Political Struggle Spilling out over Harringay's "Banksy"

On Wednesday, I wrote about a new piece of street art under Harringay Bridge. There was initial speculation about whether it might be by Banksy.

By the following morning Alison Park told us that it had been daubed with white paint and we speculated as to the motivation.

I've now found out more about what might be behind this and, as we suspected, it seems that the political battle between Kurds and Turks is playing out on our high street.

According to local turkish commentators on social media, the Harringay Bridge piece showed Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan making a getaway with a sack full of cash. He is apparently being followed by his son, Bilal, gathering notes that fell as he fled. This depiction apparently originates from a story that broke on social media in February, claiming to reveal Erdogan and Bilal discussing how to hide large sums of money.

The street art/graffiti was first spotted on Sunday (updated), and it's potential to act as a bone of contention was quickly identified. Then in the early hours of Thursday morning, at around 12.45 am, yellow paint was splashed on the wall, hiding the faces of both the  "president" and "his son". Local Twitter user Rhiannon Jones reported that the paint was splashed by supporters of Erdogan. She tweeted,

Just witnessed Erdogan sympathisers defacing the new and instantly local Kurdish men went to clean it up.

Rhiannon attached the following pictures to her tweet.

By early Thursday morning, the piece was messed up again, daubed in white, as reported to us by Alison Park and later by Pav. David Sweeney posted the following picture on Twitter.

When I passed by the bridge last night the whole area had been covered with blocks of black paint. Pav took this picture today.

The current state of play (Photo: Pav)

We've all become used to Kurdish marches along Green Lanes, and so have some awareness of the political issues they speak to. We may not realise how much tensions between Turks and Kurds have escalated in recent months, however.

Sit down protest on Green Lanes in Harringay last weekend (Picture: @meltsheep)

The current struggle began in Turkey in 1984, when the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), started an armed struggle against Turkey’s government. A subsequent ceasefire that went into effect two years ago broke down in July, when the PKK blamed Turkish authorities for failing to prevent an attack in Suruc that killed at least 30 people.

Last week, the situation was exacerbated when a terror attack at a pro-Kurdish rally in the Turkish capital killed 128 people.

We will no doubt see to what extent these heightened tensions ar played out on Harringay's high street.

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We realised that the mural would be vandalised as soon as it appeared unfortunately as expected it was vandalised quite soon after by what I can only presume to be AKP supporters. The political battle in Turkey is quite complex and not necessarily just a Turkish and Kurdish dispute.

I hope this article in the Huffington Post helps Pav:


Thanks for adding the video on Sunday's march, Pav. It looks like it was a pretty big march.

So this was a different march to the one on Sunday reacting to Saturday's bomb?

Thanks - the fist photo I added said Sunday, so thanks for correcting that.

Definitely Saturday. The march too about 15 minutes to pass where I was standing outside Argos.

Fascinating stuff - I just got the following on Twitter from Istanbul from @ezgidir. The link is to Amnesty Turkey, showing how much grafitti/street art is quickly obliterated in Turkey.

@harringayonline that's what i thought... it's sad to see what happened. We get used to it, you may want to see this http://www.sansuruntipografisi.org/index_en.php

Hi Hugh

General policy in UK is to remove grafitti quickly as well. There is always a debate of course about what should stay. One persons street art is another persons vandalism. I certainly isn't straight forward. I was in Athens recently and was astonished at the sheer volume of graffiti. Some is political, some of it is art and some of it is just pure vandalism.


So was the final black blocking done by Haringey?

Because it's been vandalised it now has to be removed

I see. Does that mean that the Council did do the black blocking?

Hi Hugh

Yes the black blocking was undertaken by the council.



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