Three artists on Tuesday demanded that New York police return a bust of fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden to public display or threatened legal action. Civil rights lawyer Ronald Kuby said the artists would remain anonymous because they feared arrest and prosecution after authorities removed the sculpture from a Brooklyn park last week. ‘We hope New York City will release the statue so it may continue to spark healthy conversations about issues central to our freedoms,’ the artists said in a written statement. They erected the 100-pound (45-kilo) bust at an American Revolution war memorial in Fort Greene park shortly before dawn on April 6, but within hours it was confiscated by police. At a news conference on the spot where the bust was impounded, Kuby described the sculpture as a ‘valuable and well-crafted piece of art’

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