FRANKFURT: Vandals have destroyed a mural in Germany dedicated to a Syrian toddler who drowned last year trying to reach Europe with his family, police said Thursday.
The 20 metre by six metre (66 foot by 20 foot) colour painting of three year old Aylan Kurdi whose body washed ashore on a Turkish beach last year was smeared with silver paint and the scrawled message Borders save lives a police spokesman told AFP.
Directly next to the image which had been painted with official permission by artists Oguz Sen and Justus Becker on a wall next to the city s Main River in March was a vulgar far right slogan targeting leftist opponents.
We don t know who is behind it the spokesman said adding that a criminal investigation had been launched.
The mural which was visible from the nearby European Central Bank headquarters had already been splashed with white paint soon after it was inaugurated according to media reports.
Supporters have started a fundraising drive on Facebook to allow the artists to restore the image.
Thousands of asylum seekers continue to attempt the deadly sea crossing to Europe in rickety vessels from the Middle East and Africa.
Courtesy : TheNews