Canada's National Post Reported "9/11 Truther vandalizes Delacroix painting at the Louvre"

A visitor to the Louvre’s newest extension, in northern France, has been detained after scrawling an inscription in marker on the famed canvas of Eugene Delacroix Liberty Leading the People. According to Le Figaro newspaper, the woman wrote “AE911″ near the bottom of the canvas. The inscription stands for “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth," Complete Story -

According to Le Figaro newspaper, the woman wrote “AE911″ near the bottom of the canvas. The inscription stands for “Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth,” a group of individuals who believe George W. Bush is responsible for the collapse of the Twin Towrs in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. The group comprises architects, engineers and demolition experts who believe there is empirical evidence to suggest 9/11 was an inside job.

The 28-year-old woman was immediately seized by a guard and another visitor, then handed over to police, according to a statement from the Louvre-Lens on Friday. It said the painting should be easily cleaned.

The Louvre-Lens opened in December in Lens, a struggling coal town with an unemployment rate nearly three times the national average.

The Delacroix work is among the artist’s most famous. It shows a bare-breasted woman (Liberty) holding aloft the French flag as she urges on a crowd of revolutionaries.The painting is illustrative of the rise of the French romantic period but more importantly the French Revolution, with several symbols and figures painted by Delacroix acting as strong political and revolutionary symbols.

The painting is also notable for its relationship to New York City: the bare-chested figure of Liberty in Delacroix’s work was a direct inspiration for the Statue of Liberty, gifted to the United States by the French in 1886.

Why would anyone do this - What's the motive here ?

POSTED ON THE NATIONAL POST: I remember seeing graffiti of AE911Truth spray painted in blue throughout the city of Edmonton on walls, bridges and walkways a few years ago. I suggested during a meeting with 911 truth activists that we get together and clean up this mess for the sake of the image of the 911 truth movement and respect for our city. It was unanimously voted against since we were not responsible for the vandalism and more importantly no one had any a clue as to who was behind this conspiracy. Any unknown scoundrel with a spray can or marker in hand could have done this deed - It could have been a 911 Truther, or it could have been an anti 9/11 truth movement critic - Hells Bells - it could have been the National Post's Jonathan Kay out lurking the town up to no good by attempting to discredit the 9/11 movement again ... (Just Kidding Jon) Vandalism and violence should always be condemned by people who care about the integrity of the 911 truth movement and I for one denounce this recent vandalism at the Louvre - Respectfully - Doug Brinkman Edmonton 911 Truth - INVESTIGATE 911 CANADA!

this will be my only post • wrote - A completely pointless and idiotic act. Although, this was a perfect example of the mental capacity and idiocy of the members of the 9/11 "truther" movement.

ptw • wrote − I'd like to know what buildings and structures these AE911 people have designed and worked on so I can avoid them. I suspect they don't really know that much about architecture, engineering, and physics.

unnerved ptw • wrote : explain free-fall speed and complete structural collapse in building 7...that is some physics for ya

KDR1979 • wrote -Truther? No, she's part of of the WAIT movement, which is taking over America.
Wait, by the way stands for:


fabuloso • wrote- As someone who has admired the painting many times, all I can say is --sob-- conduisez-la à la Guillotine.

jamesont • wrote - This act of vandalism alone goes to illustrate the intellectual bankruptcy of the so-called "truthers".

ChrisInNepean • wrote − Be a Truther if you want but why does that mean that you have the right to deface a painting in another country?

Dil • wrote −Charlie Sheen and (Jack) Layton are both on record supporting the truthers....LOL! Winning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hawkeyi • 10 minutes ago − Jack Layton NDP - a 9/11 Truther? Sorry folks NEVER! As one activist I already tried to convince Mr Layton (RIP) and many of his peers to investigate the events of 9/11. Last year I easily collected over 900 signatures in Edmonton from people around universities and farmer's markets, later sending them off to Ottawa... Sadly It sits collecting dust in Ottawa in a NDP un-named office ( "cough- Dewar") as NO ONE in the NDP are willing to read the newest petition openly in parliament ( Democracy is stifled ) - The Late great Jack Layton shied away from the unanswered questions surrounding 9/11 as did most of his fearful caucus - At least during the last federal election as many politicians remember how The National Post with the aid of an anonymous tip blogger "Black Rod" trashed Liberal candidate Leslie Hughs and any one else who dared cross the line and question the events of 9/11...

One reason why might be...

I would HIGHLY recommend reading through this excellent honors thesis paper I found here at entitled "Cement or Canvas: Aerosol Art & The Changing Face of Graffiti in the 21st Century" I posted a small excerpt here that might be of interest to your initial question. However the entire paper is very intriguing. I found it when I asked the very same question after I saw the piece in Connecticut about cleaning up 9/11 graffiti. Now even though this woman used a sharpie marker, the act is still the same. I can't really openly condone it, but I can hardly fault her either. What does Chris Hedges like to say when peaceful revolution is no longer an option? I think we could possibly start to see much more of it as millions more become aware of A&E's and the hard facts about the towers. They will face the same stonewall we've been chiseling at for years now. As more and more people awaken, the state will have to stiffen even more and frustration levels will rise. I think by now it is quite obvious that there is no way under any circumstance our government can/will implicate itself for this crime. The ramifications are just too great and the no one knows what the world reaction would be. Anyway, let me get off my soap box here, enjoy the article.

"Graffiti are the voice of the common man. We are used to taking our history from aristocrats and statesmen and their paid scribes. But through graffiti we discover evidence of another version of history, characterized by oppression and opposition to the official point of view. Topics too sensitive, too bigoted, too outrageous for the official version are the natural province. (Reisner & Wechsler 1974:vi) ....

....Graffiti writing is one of the easiest and most efficient ways for individuals and opposing groups to register political dissidence, express social alienation, propagate anti-system ideas, and establish an alternative collective memory. Groups can use graffiti to push their agendas or generally to make their presence felt, for it is an extremely easy means of communicating ideas and establishing a collective identity with the masses by putting a government on notice that anti-system sentiments exist with a definite historical memory. Given by the circumstances of doctoral regimes, graffiti communication can be, if recognized by groups and if organized sufficiently, an important medium for breaking the dominant control and censorship which authoritarian governments exercise. (Chaffee 1990:127)

Graffiti, as a type of discourse, therefore, may achieve many goals. The "in your face" method of presentation, boldly projects the animosity and/or neglect that a particular group of people may feel. It is possible for a number of people to join forces in their struggle and statement without knowing each other personally. Through this graffiti, writers have created an identity; grounded in resistance to a dominant system, artists share graffiti as an expressive form by which to communicate social unrest. The "walls" upon which graffiti is written remain a public forum by which many individuals are both reaffirmed of their anti-structural sentiments as well as given an opportunity to voice their opinion. "

peace everyone

One would presume

One would presume that there is wall space adjacent to the treasured painting.

Other than simple mental derangement of the perpetrator (defacing a classic painting), this smells of psyops.

I stand with the A&Es that this is reprehensible and counter productive protest.