‘Savage’ Ad Defender Scuffles With Activist Spray Painting Sign

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When we last checked in on the new anti-Islam signage by the Pamela Geller–led American Freedom Defense Initiative, which paid $6,000 to put large ads that suggest Muslims are savages in ten subway stations around Manhattan, Intel Joe found that most of the ads had been marked with "racist" stickers or the like. On Tuesday night, the Post captured footage of an altercation at the Times Square Station between sign defender Pamela Hall and 45-year-old Egyptian-American activist Mona Eltahawy, who marked the sign with red spray paint. Hall put her body between Eltahawy and the sign as they pushed each other and exchanged barbs over freedom of expression.

“Mona, do you think you have the right to do this?” Hall said. “I do actually,” Eltahawy responded. “I think this is freedom of expression, just as [the ad] is freedom of expression.” Officers arrested Eltahawy, who said to a crowd as they took her away, "This is what happens in America when you nonviolently protest."

Later, Eltahawy wrote on Twitter: