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Environmental activists throw soup at Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in London (video)

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Activists threw two cans of tomato soup at Van Gogh’s artwork, on display at the National Gallery in London.


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Environmental activists from the Just Stop Oil movement threw tomato soup on Van Gogh’s masterpiece “Sunflowers” on display at the National Gallery in London on Friday morning, the group said.

According to press images published by the movement, which calls for the immediate cessation of any new oil or gas project, two activists threw the contents of two cans of soup on the work, the price of which is estimated at more than of $84 million.

What is more valuable, art or life? Are you more concerned about protecting a painting or protecting our planet and its inhabitants? “, launched the two young activists, according to the videos posted on social networks.

minor damage

The police surrenderedquickly on site at the National Gallery this morning after two protesters threw a substance at a painting and then stuck to a wallScoltland Yard said in a statement. They were arrested in particular for “damage“. The frame suffers fromminor damage” but the array is “intact“, assured the National Gallery.

This new action by the group, which had already targeted works of art in the past, comes within the framework of a month of actions where they have also blocked roads on several occasions.

The cost of living crisis comes from fossil fuels — everyday life has become unaffordable for millions of families who are cold and hungry — they can’t even afford a can of soupsaid 21-year-old activist Phoebe Plummer, quoted in a statement from the movement. “At the same time”, “people are dying” because of “fires and droughts caused by climate change“, she argued. “We can’t afford new oil and gas projects“, they go “take it all away“.



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