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'The f*** did Van Gogh do to hurt the climate?'
Climate activists from the group "Just Stop Oil" threw a can of tomato soup over Vincent Van Gogh’s famous "Sunflowers" painting before gluing themselves to the wall below the painting at London's National Gallery on Friday.
Video footage of the moment two young protesters, wearing Just Stop Oil T-shirts, tossed the red liquid at the priceless masterpiece has gone viral, garnering nearly 5 million views in a matter of hours.
"What is worth more, art or life? Is it worth more than food? Worth more than justice?" one of the protesters, later identified as Phoebe Plummer, 21, can be heard shouting in a follow-up video. "Are you more concerned about the protection of a painting or the protection of our planet and people?”
\u201c\u201cWhat is worth more, art or life? \u2026 are you more concerned about the protection of a painting or the protection of our planet and people?\u201d\n\n@JustStop_Oil\u2019s activists explain their action\u201d— Damien Gayle (@Damien Gayle) 1665742373
The painting, which has an estimated value of $84.2 million, was reportedly not damaged due to the glass covering, though the frame had "some minor damage." Both activists have been arrested.
\u201c@StokeyyG2 maybe it is the sunflowers? a symbol of ukraine, who they think is resopnsible for the high fuel prices? The reason why some people can no longer afford Fuel?\u201d— george (@george) 1665746476
\u201c@StokeyyG2 Who's gonna tell them there's glass over the panting? \ud83d\udc80\u201d— george (@george) 1665746476
\u201cActivists vandalise Vincent van Gogh\u2019s Sunflowers at the National Gallery. \n\nThe vandalism or destruction of art is always an authoritarian act. \n\nBut more than that - it represents a repudiation of civilisation and the achievements of humanity.\n\nhttps://t.co/8gLTjekvIt\u201d— Andrew Doyle (@Andrew Doyle) 1665744414
\u201c@damiengayle @JustStop_Oil I just need to know why there are 20 photographers set and ready for the photo op\n\nhttps://t.co/pAMT7wdRfe\u201d— Damien Gayle (@Damien Gayle) 1665742373
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