Pro-Russian graffiti found on ‘Game of Thrones’ website


County Antrim Police are investigating pro-Russian graffiti found on Ballymoney Road in County Antrim, famous as the filming location of Game of Thrones.

Pro-Russian graffiti was spotted by a group of tourists traveling in the area on Saturday morning. The “Z” and “Glory to Russia” signs are smeared on the roads, and it has become a major tourist attraction since it appeared in the HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

The trees in the Dark Hedges were planted more than 200 years ago by the Stewart family of local landowners. They were little known outside the region until they played Kings Row in Game of Thrones.

According to ITV, the graffiti was drawn over the weekend. During the Ukrainian invasion, the symbol “Z” on Russian tanks and bases was seen to represent “Za pobedy” (victory).

“The investigation is ongoing,” a police spokesman said.

Sadly, the incident comes as some Ukrainian refugees are starting to arrive in Northern Ireland. Graffiti has been widely condemned by politicians and the community.

John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism Northern Ireland, told the Belfast Telegraph: “In Northern Ireland we are known for our warm welcome and that’s what visitors tell us, this kind of event goes against everything we stand for. , especially at a time when we welcome the victims of Russian aggression into Ukraine into our communities and homes.”

Mervyn Storey of the Democratic Unionist Party said: “Can you say that anyone wrote this to glorify a country embroiled in mass genocide? It’s shameful, hateful, contemptible.

Visitors are enjoying the dark hedges of County Antrim.

“More importantly, this is an insult to the entire people of Ukraine. As someone who welcomed people from Ukraine this week and heard directly from them what Russia is doing, it’s a shame someone would write something like this.

“This was an act of wanton vandalism in one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic locations. It was completely at odds with our local community’s warm welcome to tourists from around the world who came to visit Dark Hedges and the North Shore.

“I am delighted this week to welcome refugees from Ukraine into my own church community. It is shameful that they have to suffer from this oppressive terrorist campaign that glorifies Russia in their homeland. Our support must be shared with the people in Ukraine.

“I will work closely with local authorities and PSNI to ensure this graffiti is removed immediately and those responsible are held accountable.”



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