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Sep 6, 2016 4:38 PM

Portland has no plans to remove street art depicting LePage in KKK robes

PORTLAND, Maine — Authorities have no intentions to remove a work of street art depicting Governor Paul LePage in a Ku Klux Klan robe that appeared on a public wall anytime soon.

The piece covers the entire 100-foot-long wall, and shows LePage wearing white robes and a hood next to the words "racist," "homophobe," and "moron," and a final word stricken through with a red line "governor."

The wall, which is along the Eastern Promenade, is owned by the Portland Water District and part of the wastewater treatment plant, according to the Portland Press Herald. The wall became a public canvas after Portland police and the district grew weary of constantly painting over graffiti there.

District spokeswoman Michelle Clements said the facility does not monitor what appears on the wall.

Jessica Grondin, the city's spokeswoman, said that only hate speech that targeted a specific group would be removed, and that the image was an act of free speech.

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