Amural of Vladimir Putin snogging Donald Trump engaged in a passionate embrace was apparently too much for some in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.The internationally famous mural was covered over with white paint. The work of local artist Mindaugas Bonanu went viral on social media after it was unveiled in May, and has since become a popular backdrop for selfies.
The miural covers a wall of the Keulė Rūkė restaurant whose owner Dominykas Ceckauskas said that the censorship was more than simple vandalism but a terrorising attack on freedom of speech in Lithuania . He said on facebook:
The purpose of the attack was to remind us, the people of the free world, that there are still active advocates of authoritarianism in our society.
Ceckauskas has promised to reinstall the artwork which he describes as a world famous symbol of liberty and defiance .
It’s not yet clear who was responsible for the attack but it seems unlikely that it is the work of Trump supporters.