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Burning bank artwork leads to police questioning

Three years after the bank bailout saved America’s financial institutions, big banks appear to be more protected than ever, even from a harmless oil painter. Police have repeatedly questioned a middle-aged artist with an inflammatory political message, while the banks he is speaking out against continue to get bailed out. “I’m not a terrorist. I’m not firebombing any banks.” That is the response artist Alex Schafer gave police when he was questioned about his oil paintings. Schaefer has let out all his frustration with the American financial system – on canvas. “Bad banks should fail,” said Schaefer. “Bad businesses should fail. And a bank is a business and somehow it’s been turned into something else,” Schaefer added.

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