Masked vandals that destroyed Hosier Lane were agents of the Chinese Communist Party, alleged conspiracy theorists.
At least ten people with face masks and paint-filled fire extinguishers sprayed Saturday on iconic graffiti in the Melbourne lane while a drone flew above them.
The police that hunt the gang don’t know why they’ve destroyed the job – but social media are flooded with theories.
Images posted on Sunday showed that at least ten people with face masks bomb paint on the inner city road famous for urban art
The police that hunt the gang don’t know why they’ve destroyed the job – but social media are flooded with theories
A Twitter account with the name First State 88 wrote: “If you look closely, you’ll see that all masked men are Chinese.
“This is not a random act … this is a calculated declaration of power by the Chinese Communist Party.”
Other Twitter users speculated that the vandals covered pro-Hong Kong or pro-Taiwan art in line.
Twitter user Michael R asked: “Was there any Hong Kong art or anti-CCP art still to be seen when Hosier Land was destroyed? If so, the leader of these “vandals” may be a Chinese agent.
Another named Frank added: “There are (was?) A lot of pro Hong Kong messages and references to Tiananmen Square. I suspect local agents from the Chinese government. are behind the cleaning. Their paranoia knows no bounds. ”
At least ten people with face masks and paint-filled fire extinguishers sprayed Saturday over iconic graffiti in the Melbourne lane while a drone (photo) flew above them
Other Twitter users speculated that the vandals covered pro-Hong Kong or pro-Taiwan art in line
But the Sino-Australian artist Baudico, who claims that he is being “hunted” by the CCP for his anti-government artwork, has thwarted the theory and said that the vandals were only young people who were messing around.
“Just west kids protest game,” he wrote on Twitter.
Other Twitter users said that the conspiracy theory was ‘racist’ because it is based solely on the appearance of the vandals.
“Perhaps they were Chinese, they were white … I would not easily draw conclusions … sounds super racist,” wrote Aluna Kay.
Meanwhile, many in the underground world of urban art silently celebrate desecration.
Street artists see the copper attack as a ‘recovery’ of a space that has become ‘too commercial’.
Once the target of graffiti artists who wanted to increase their reputation on the street, Hosier Lane has now become a selfie spot for Melburnians and suburban tourists.
Melbourne street magazine Acclaim Magazine even went so far as to demolish it.
While the group stormed the boulders with improvised spray guns, spectators were able to film the commotion instead of trying to stop
“Stocking is not real, it is a toothless tiger, beautiful to look at and without any threat – and it has to go,” was an undated article.
“The current state of Hosier is terrible – quality work does not exist or disappears immediately, while swarms of paid street art tours and an endless sea of tourists flood the street.”
Social media users were stunned by the hostile Saturday night act that led to outrage online.
WHY IS HOSIER LANE FAMOUS?
Hosier Lane is the most iconic street art street in Melbourne and is one of the most important tourist attractions in Melbourne.
In 2010, Banksy used the deserted street to stencil a rat with a parachute.
Since then, artists have used the walls to make political statements and to paint murals of celebrities, including Taylor Swift.
Hosier Lane was once named the best free tourist attraction by Lonely Planet.
“Why would they do this?” a commentator asked.
“Disappointing,” another said.
But someone else pointed out that artists are likely to cover the damage in the coming days.
“It is legal, what difference does it make, friend, there will be beautiful murals in a few days, nothing will stay there, that would not emphasize it too much.”
Melbourne Mayor, Sally Capp, told Daily Mail Australia that the attack “is inconsistent with the spirit of Hosier Lane.”
“We see this act as vandalism, especially in view of the damage they have caused to the pavement and cobblestones.”
“Council contractors attended Hosier Lane this morning to clean the cobblestones and curbs.
The police use camera images to identify the perpetrators.
Mrs Capp described the attack as “an extreme act of vandalism” in a statement with the police.
“It has damaged the city of Melbourne and private ownership,” she said.
“The random nature of the way the young people used fire extinguishers filled with paint to cover street art that we value is unacceptable.”
Street cleaners can wash paint off the paved streets of Hosier Lane on Monday morning