Fossil fuel protesters charged after tomato soup thrown on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ in London gallery

Written by By Christian EdwardsDuarte Mendonca, CNNLondon

Two anti-fossil fuel protesters filmed in a London gallery on Friday throwing tomato soup at Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” have been charged with criminal damage to property.

The two young women from the action group Just Stop Oil threw the contents of two cans of Heinz tomato soup over the painting, which the group says is worth an estimated $84.2 million.
Two women can be seen in front of Van Goghs in this image released by the organization Just Stop Oil "sunflowers" (1888).

Two women stand in front of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1888) in this image released by the organization Just Stop Oil. Recognition: by Just Stop Oil

Then they taped themselves to the wall under the painting in the National Gallery. in one Statement posted on Twitter On Friday, the gallery confirmed the incident in Room 43, where “Sunflowers” was on display, and provided an update on its condition.
“There is some minor damage to the frame, but the painting is undamaged,” it said. in one subsequent tweetthe gallery explained that the painting was glazed and thus protected.

A third worker has also been charged with a separate attack on the iconic “New Scotland Yard” sign outside London Police Headquarters. said the Metropolitan Police.

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The three people are all linked to Just Stop Oil, a coalition of groups working together to block the UK government from issuing new licenses for fossil fuel exploration, development and production.

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A total of 28 people were arrested on Friday in connection with protests in central London. The other 25 people have been released on bail pending further investigation, according to the statement.

Friday’s incident is the latest in a series of protests against famous artworks to draw attention to the role of fossil fuels in climate change. In July, members of Just Stop Oil taped to a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the Royal Academy of Art in London.
That same month, activists from the group glued to a masterpiece in the National Gallery, while members of an Italian climate activist organization glued to Botticelli’s Primavera in Florence.
School children look at 'Sunflowers' (1888) by Vincent van Gogh at Tate Britain in London on March 25, 2019.

School children look at ‘Sunflowers’ (1888) by Vincent van Gogh at Tate Britain in London on March 25, 2019. Recognition: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/AP

On Sunday, climate activists from Extinction Rebellion were arrested for pasting Picasso’s “Massacre in Korea” at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.

According to a statement, Just Stop Oil has timed Friday’s action to coincide “with the planned launch of a new round of oil and gas licenses” in the UK.

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