Climate activists are throwing tomato soup and mashed potatoes at some of the world’s most famous paintings. And on Monday, the food-filled protests continued.
At Madame Tussauds in London, a museum chain known for its realistic wax figures, two protesters stood in front of royal family wax figures, revealed ‘Just Stop Oil’ t-shirts and smashed cake on a replica of King Charles.
🎂 BREAKING: JUST STOP OIL CAKES THE KING 🎂
👑 Two supporters of Just Stop Oil have covered a Madame Tussauds waxwork model of King Charles III with chocolate cake, demanding that the Government halts all new oil and gas licences and consents.#FreeLouis #FreeJosh #A22Network pic.twitter.com/p0DJ8v3XVB
— Just Stop Oil ⚖️💀🛢 (@JustStop_Oil) October 24, 2022
Just Stop Oil is a coalition of activist groups calling on the UK government to end all future fossil fuel exploration, development and production licences. Two of its members were involved in a recent soup-throwing incident involving Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers painting in the National Gallery, London. On Sunday, members of a separate group known as the Letzte Generation threw mashed potatoes at Claude Monet’s house. millstones, Where haystacks, in a museum in Germany to protest against the “climate disaster”.
The activists who threw cake at the wax monarch were identified as Eilidh McFadden, 20, and Tom Johnson, 29, in a statement from the group following Monday’s protest.
“The science is clear,” Johnson said in a video after tossing the cake. “The requirements are simple: just stop new oil and gas. It’s a piece of cake.
The protest comes weeks before the United Nations climate change conference, which King Charles will not attend, despite his long-standing public stance as an environmentalist.
Just Stop Oil has promised to continue its protests until the British government meets its demands.
“This is not a one-day event; expect us anytime, anywhere,” the band said in the statement. “It is an act of resistance against a criminal government and its plan for genocidal death. Our supporters will be back – today, tomorrow and the day after – and the day after – and every day until our demand is met: no new oil and gas in the UK. »
Four protesters, including McFadden and Johnson, have been arrested for criminal damage in connection with the wax figure incident, according London Metropolitan Police. The museum responded to the protest in a Tweeter on Monday, saying the museum’s security team dealt with “the incident quickly.”
This story was originally featured on Fortune.com
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