Peruvian cartoonist says gov't censored his art

June 27, 2007 04:10

A well-known Peruvian cartoonist is complaining of censorship after officials at a government-funded gallery removed three of his works, including a drawing that criticized the military for massacres of highland peasants. "I felt like they went over my head," the artist, Piero Quijano, told The Associated Press on Tuesday, referring to officials from the National Institute of Culture. He added that it was a "clear" violation of freedom of expression. In protest, Quijano removed his entire 90-piece show Monday from the gallery where it was to run for a month. The gallery's director resigned in solidarity. The drawing depicts four soldiers planting a rifle with a bayonet into the back of a peasant - an image mimicking the iconic World War II photograph of US Marines raising the American flag over Iwo Jima.

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