A digger pulls the mural down
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Protest as Newport's Chartist mural demolition starts

A protest is taking place against the demolition of an historic artwork in the centre of Newport.

Attempts failed to preserve the mosaic of the 1839 Chartist uprising, which is making way for a shopping development.

Around 20 protesters shouted as demolition work started before barriers were pulled down and some people rushed through.

The 35m (115ft) mural, a mosaic of 200,000 pieces of tile and glass, was created in a walkway off John Frost Square by artist Kenneth Budd in 1978.

This is video footage shot by a photographer as the digger moved in.

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