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"Dear Banksy, thanks for protesting for me"

The anonymous English artist has received a letter from prison from Zehra Dogan

Dear Banksy, thanks for protesting for me  The anonymous English artist has received a letter from prison from Zehra Dogan

"...I'm writing to you and I'm mailing this letter illegally." 

The anonymous English artist and street writer Banksy is still making headlines. Last March he painted a graffiti in New York to protest against Zehra Dogan's detention. She was arrested in Nusaybin in July 2016 after having posted on social media images of a painting picturing the devastation of the town caused by Turkish forces and now she has finally spoken. 

The woman was painted behind the jail bars in black and white, with a pouty face and a pencil between her hands. She learnt about this street art piece through a newspaper found in prison, the only relief of a life that, as she describes in her letter, is a real hell for misunderstood citizens. 


"No one sees that we're right: we are destroyed and killed during these massacres. And even if they know it and see it, nobody does anything, everyone remains silent. We're living a lie in a fictional life." 

In a very fearless move, Zehra Dogan sent illegally this letter to the artist: more than a thank you note, it's a real outburst, that reflects the need to speak and voice her complaints, an hardship that everyone in prison can understand and lives, but nobody can overcome because of the confinement in a cell. 

Banksy once again has used his art to speak louder than anyone else, to protest for her and with her, and to prove that communication is much more powerful than a gun and free speech is stronger than imprisonment. 

"I spend twelve hours of my day imagining, but this goes beyond my fantasy."