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‘He Will Not Divide Us’ video stream taken down after report of gunshots

Ephraim Colbert, left, of San Francisco and Sylvester Padilla of Albuquerque speak in front of actor Shia LaBeouf's art installation, which is streamed online 24 hours a day

Ephraim Colbert, left, of San Francisco and Sylvester Padilla of Albuquerque speak in front of actor Shia LaBeouf’s art installation, which is streamed online 24 hours a day. (Roberto E. Rosales/Journal)

A screenshot of Shia LaBeouf's tweet on Thursday morning

A screenshot of Shia LaBeouf’s tweet on Thursday morning.

A maintenance worker said the camera would be removed and the wall would be painted over at 5 p.m. Thursday. (Marla Brose/Journal)

A maintenance worker said the camera would be removed and the wall would be painted over at 5 p.m. Thursday. (Marla Brose/Journal)

The problems for the anti-Trump “He Will Not Divide Us” installation continue in Albuquerque.

At 4 a.m. Thursday morning, actor Shia LaBeouf tweeted to his followers that the stream at www.hewillnotdivide.us was taken down.

The actor said, “We have taken the stream down after shots were reported in the area. The safety of everybody participating in our project is paramount.”

The tweet received more than 750 re-tweets and more than 4,000 likes as of Thursday morning.

On Tuesday, just three days after going live, it was vandalized and later cleaned up.

The installation is on the west side of the building of the Historic El Rey Theater on Central and Seventh.

Nearly two weeks ago, the installation was shut down by the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, N.Y., due to its being “a serious and ongoing safety hazard” for visitors, staff, local residents and businesses.

The project is produced by LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner. The plan is to stream content continuously “for four years, or the duration of the current presidency.”

Officer Fred Duran said police are not aware of a shooting involving the “He Will Not Divide Us” art installation. He said there was a shots fired call reported overnight near 8th and Central, which is about a block away.
But Duran said officers respond to many such calls, and said he doesn’t know if that call is what LaBeouf was referring to.
“I can’t say if that’s why it was shut down,” Duran said. “He shut it down for his own personal reasons.”
Staff writer Nicole Perez contributed to this story.

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