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Protest action: Climate protesters spray Stonehenge with paint

Protest action: Climate protesters spray Stonehenge with paint
Protest action: Climate protesters spray Stonehenge with paint

The stone circle is one of the most famous landmarks in England. One day before the solstice celebrations, there is now a protest there.

In Great Britain, climate protesters sprayed the stone monument Stonehenge with an orange substance. The group Just Stop Oil published a video on the platform X (formerly Twitter) showing two people walking towards the stone circle while spraying paint. The police arrested two suspects.

The protest group wrote that they were calling on the next British government to sign a binding deal to phase out fossil fuels by 2030. In the background of the video, people can be heard shouting for the protesters to stop. Some also try to stop the two.

“We have arrested two people following an incident at Stonehenge this afternoon,” Wiltshire Police said. They are suspected of damaging the monument. The investigation is ongoing.

The Stonehenge stone circle is one of the most famous landmarks in Great Britain. The stones are precisely aligned with the position of the sun at the summer and winter solstices. It is believed that these events have been celebrated there for thousands of years. The summer solstice is to be celebrated there on Thursday.

Paint is easy to wash off

The protest group wrote on X that the paint was made of corn starch and would be washed off by rain, while it remained urgent that the government do something about the catastrophic consequences of the climate and environmental crisis. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak condemned the protest as vandalism.

Source: Stern

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