Helsinki’s deputy mayor Paavo Arhnamaki has been caught spraying graffiti on a wall in the Finnish capital. The deputy sheriff is in danger of losing his job.
Arhnamaki was caught spraying graffiti in a railway tunnel with a friend last weekend. The police see this as sabotage and obstruction of the railways. Trains had to be stopped for a short time due to the action.
Finnish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Confirms According to Finnish media, cleaning graffiti costs around 3,500 euros. Perhaps Arhinmäki will have to make up for that. It is not yet known if there will be other consequences for him.
Arhnamaki, 46, is one of the four vice-mayors of Helsinki. The former graffiti artist is known as a proponent of street art.
Since then, the deputy mayor has apologized via Facebook for the “stupid mess”. He admits to committing a “crime”, but does not hesitate to resign. His party, the Left Alliance, declared its continued support for Arinmake.
Helsinki spends about €650,000 a year removing illegal graffiti in the city.
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