London, UK, 16 October 2022—Two Gen Z extremists from Just Stop Oil destroyed Vincent van Gogh’s sunflower with tomato soup at the National Gallery in London on Friday, October 14, at around 11am. Over $84 million.
The two young women removed their jackets to reveal Just Stop Oil T-shirts before throwing two cans of tomato soup over a glass-protected painting. . These actions are designed to destabilize, shock and awe-inspiring tactics.
“Which is more valuable, art or life?” said one of the activists, Phoebe Plummer, 21, from London. She was accompanied by her 20-year-old Anna Holland from Newcastle. “Are you more concerned with protecting paintings or protecting the planet and its people?”
Militants want the UK government to stop permitting new oil and gas in the North Sea.
This year, a cost-of-living crisis, including skyrocketing gas prices in the wake of Russia’s military action against Ukraine, has prompted the UK government, along with other European countries, to take drastic steps to increase fuel supplies to bring prices down. Government regulator Ofgem said in August that average UK energy bills are likely to reach £3,549 annually this month. This is his 300% increase.
📍 Meet outside Downing Street at 11am every day in October to demand a new oil and gas phase-out.
📝 Sign up for Direct Action at https://t.co/uBEZpkbDdH
🌡 Participate in an introductory lecture at https://t.co/T6U9aO1sKy
💷 Donate at https://t.co/Zlb1xxgR2Q#Civil Resistance #JustStopOil pic.twitter.com/4oIW3sQtn5
— Just Stop Oil ⚖️💀🛢 (@JustStop_Oil) October 16, 2022
UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’ government recently announced a two-year plan to limit household energy costs. This brings the average bill to £2,500 a year and provides peace of mind for millions of Britons in the coming winter season.
A total of three women were arrested in the incident, according to Fortune. Two of her were arrested in a soup case and one of her was arrested for spraying paint on a rotating sign at Metropolitan Police headquarters in central London. The three women pleaded not guilty to criminal damages in the Westminster Magistrate’s Court at her two short hearings on Saturday and were released on bail on the condition that they were not in possession of paint or glue.
If the police weren’t able to move these selves entitled “Just Stop Oil”, it was only a matter of time before the public took matters into their own hands.
They didn’t expect this. pic.twitter.com/ovPnUePAfp
— Chris Rose (@ArchRose90) October 9, 2022
Over the past two weeks, the group has staged sit-ins on the roads of central London, infuriating drivers and commuters. Twitter posts show commuters punching protesters.
Bravo to the man who turned Just Stop Oil activists off the streets #London. pic.twitter.com/6xEvPtuaCV
— We are protestors (@WeAreProtestors) October 15, 2022
Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh are one of the most famous images in the world. Painted in January 1889 while he was living in the South of France.
✊🇫🇷 There are demonstrations in Paris against price increases. Some of the participants’ requests include salary increases, electricity and food price freezes, and investments in environmental projects. pic.twitter.com/BuBah4tS7M
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) October 16, 2022