UK climate activist arrested after pouring soup over Van Gogh’s sunflowers


Two British climate activists have been arrested after throwing canned soup at one of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous paintings in London’s National Gallery.

Activists who support the Just Stop Oil organization threw two cans of Heinz tomato soup over the 1888 painting “Sunflowers” shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday before kneeling in front of the painting and slamming it against the wall below. It looked like my hands were glued together. that.

One of the activists, 21-year-old Phoebe Plummer from London, said in front of the painting: Is it worth more than food? Worth more than justice? Are you more concerned with protecting paintings or protecting the planet and people? The cost of living crisis is part of the cost of the oil crisis. ”

The protesters were later arrested and taken away in a police van.

The painting was covered with glass. In a later statement, the National Gallery said, “There is minor damage to the frame, but the painting is undamaged.

London Metropolitan Police said: Both were arrested for bodily injury and aggravated trespassing.

“Specialized police officers removed the adhesive from them and they were detained at a central London police station.”


Just Stop Oil, a spin-off from Extinction Rebellion, has called on the government to begin the process of phasing out fossil fuel production in the country.

The group began a nationwide blockade of fuel terminals on April 1, leading to more than 1,000 arrests.

The group was also filmed blocking a petrol station and damaging a petrol pump. On 26 August, Just Stop Oil said on his Twitter account, “He in central London has decommissioned pumps at seven stations.”

Over the past two weeks, the group has caused chaos in central London by blocking major roads, including The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

Home Secretary Suela Braverman said at a Conservative party meeting on October 4 that she would be tough on guerrilla protests by climate change protesters and other mobs.

“You can’t just riot or stick to the road and run away,” Braverman said. “I mean, whether you’re Just Stop Oil, Insulate Britain, or Extinction Rebellion, if you break the law, you cross the line. That’s why we put you in jail. I shall continue.”

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan