UK climate protesters cling to gallery paintings


LONDON — Climate change protesters targeted a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in London on Tuesday, sticking themselves to the painting’s frame and spraying ‘No New Oil’ alongside it.

The protest, organized by supporters of the ‘Just Stop Oil’ campaign group, came a day after two activists from the group were arrested after they stuck to the frame of John Constable’s ‘The Hay Wain’ at the National Gallery from London.

Five activists entered the Royal Academy on Tuesday and each tied a hand to the frame of ‘The Last Supper’, a life-size copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous 15th century work.

The Metropolitan Police said three men and two women were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. The Royal Academy said the gallery room was closed to the public and police were “called at the request of protesters”.

Just Stop Oil, which wants the government to stop licensing new oil and gas projects, has held a series of exciting protests over the past week.

On Monday, two activists were arrested after covering Constable’s 1821 “The Hay Wain” with large sheets of paper depicting “an apocalyptic vision of the future”. They then each stuck a hand on the frame of the oil painting and protested as security personnel. brought out tourists and a group of school children.

The National Gallery said the frame of the painting “had suffered minor damage” and “there was also some disturbance to the surface of the varnish on the painting”, but both were repaired and the painting was restored. square.

‘Just Stop Oil’ activists also disrupted the British Grand Prix race on Sunday when they sat down on the track during a Formula 1 race stop at Silverstone in southern Australia. England.

Police say six people have been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance during the race.


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