activists vandalize historical UK landmark

17 activists vandalize historical UK landmark

Two persons are beneath investigation after spraying Stonehenge with orange powder paint

Local weather protesters have coated elements of Britain’s most well-known prehistoric attraction, Stonehenge, with orange powder paint within the newest assault meant to attract consideration to their trigger. 

The activists, who have been arrested shortly after the incident, have been launched on bail pending additional enquiries, Wiltshire Police mentioned on Thursday.

On Wednesday, British group Simply Cease Oil launched footage exhibiting two members utilizing fireplace extinguishers to spray the orange substance onto no less than three of the stones on the UNESCO World Heritage Web site, elements of that are estimated be round 5,000 years outdated. Guests have been seen fighting the campaigners, named by the group as Rajan Naidu, 73, and Niamh Lynch, 21, as they ready to focus on the monument.

The act of vandalism got here at some point earlier than hundreds of spectators gathered on the stone circle to have a good time the summer time solstice, the longest day of the yr within the northern hemisphere. 

In line with the group, the transfer was carried out to induce the following UK authorities to finish the extraction and burning of oil, gasoline, and coal by 2030. Simply Cease Oil additionally mentioned that the orange powder paint was corn flour, including that it could “wash away with rain.”

On Thursday, English Heritage chief government Dr. Nick Merriman advised CNN there seemed to be “no seen harm” to the prehistoric landmark after specialists cleaned the location following the assault.

Responding to the incident on X (previously Twitter), British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned the transfer, saying that “Simply Cease Oil are a shame.”

Stonehenge is the newest distinguished goal for activists. Final month, protesters from the identical group smashed the glass defending the Magna Carta, a well-known British manuscript from the thirteenth century, on the British Museum in London. Earlier this month, Animal Rising group pasted a cartoon picture over a portrait of Britain’s King Charles III at a London gallery. 

Final yr, Simply Cease Oil activists threw tomato soup on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’, whereas two others glued themselves to ‘Peach Bushes in Blossom’ on the Courtauld Gallery in London, completely damaging the piece.

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