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Syria-Themed Banksy Posters Popping Up in DC

The world-famous street artist designed a poster that appeared all over Capitol Hill today.

Photograph by Sophie Gilbert.

If you were around the Capitol Hill area this morning, you may have noticed Banksy-style fliers adorning lampposts and walls, particularly around the Capitol South Metro station. The posters use one of guerrilla street artist Banksy’s most famous images: a little girl with windswept hair letting go of a red, heart-shaped balloon, only in this case the girl’s head is covered and the poster bears the hashtag #withsyria.

It’s uncertain who actually posted the fliers around town, but they are the work of Banksy—he designed the image to help raise awareness about Syria’s plight. And he’s found support on the hill from Senator John McCain, who tweeted, “To mark 3rd anniv of #Syria uprising, pls RT new #Banksy image to stand #WithSyria & 10,000+ children killed there” earlier this afternoon, along with a picture of the image. Whether the senator approves of illegally putting up posters around town is another matter.

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