Banksy supports Black Lives Matter

Banksy has shown his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, saying “people of colour are being failed by the system”.

Banksy wrote in an Instagram post: “At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? Its not their problem, its mine.

“People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. The faulty system is making their life a misery, but its not their job to fix it. They cant, no one will let them in the apartment upstairs.

“This is a white problem. And if white people dont fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in.”

Alongside the post is a painting of a vigil candle burning an US flag.

Banksys identity has long been a closely guarded secret, but that has not stopped him from becoming one of the most prolific artists of the 21st century, gaining attention for his politically charged works.

Anti-racism protests were planned across the UK this weekend after the death in the US of George Floyd, despite ministers urging people to avoid mass gatherings.

An estimated 4,000 people are expected to attend a demonstration in Bristol, Banksys hometown, which will include a march through the city to Castle Park on Sunday.

Floyd died after a white police officer held him down by pressing his knee into his neck in Minneapolis on 25 May. His death has sparked days of protests around the world.