Two women, aged 20 and 21, were brought to the court this Saturday. They had been accused of damaging property – a painting in the National Gallery in London.
On Friday, the two activists from the organisation called Just Stop Oil, which is fighting for the British government to stop any further oil and gas projects, entered the National Gallery in London and emptied two cans of tomato soup onto the famous painting “Sunflowers” by Vincent van Gogh.
After that they glued themselves to the wall under the painting and remained there until the security arrived, removed them from the wall and arrested them.
Luckily, the painting was covered by protective glass, but the tomato soup damaged the frame of the painting. However, the painting was cleaned and returned to its place later in the afternoon. It is one of a few “Sunflowers” paintings by Vincent van Gogh from 1880’s.
The judge released the two women on the condition that they would not have any paints or adhesives on them in public places.
On the social networks, people expressed their strong disagreement with the fact that the activists used the works of Arts for their protests.
accused of /əˈkjuːzd ɒv/ – obvinený z (niečoho)
remain /rɪˈmeɪn/ – zostať;
adhesive /ədˈhiːsɪv/ – lepkavá, lepiaca látka
(have stg) on them – so sebou, pri sebe
disagreement /ˌdɪsəˈɡriːmənt/ – nesúhlas