UK climate protesters glue themselves to gallery paintings
LONDON -- Climate change protesters targeted a copy of Leonardo da Vinci's 'úThe Last Supper'Ě at London's Royal Academy of Arts Tuesday, gluing themselves to the painting's frame and spray-painting 'úNo New Oil'Ě next to it.
The protest, organized by supporters of the campaign group 'úJust Stop Oil,'Ě came a day after two activists from the group were arrested after gluing themselves to the frame of John Constable's 'úThe Hay Wain'Ě in London's National Gallery.
On Tuesday, five activists went into the Royal Academy and attached a hand each to the frame of 'úThe Last Supper," a full-size copy of da Vinci's famous 15th-century work.
The Metropolitan Police said three men and two women were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. The Royal Academy said the gallery room was closed to the public and that police were 'úcalled upon the protesters' request.'Ě
'úJust Stop Oil," which wants the government to stop giving out licenses for new oil and gas projects, has staged a series of attention-grabbing protests over the past week.
On Monday, two activists were arrested after they covered Constable's 1821 'úThe Hay Wain'Ě with large sheets of paper depicting 'úan apocalyptic vision of the future." They then each stuck a hand on the frame of the oil painting and protested as security staff ushered out tourists and a group of schoolchildren.
The National Gallery said that painting's frame 'úsuffered minor damage'Ě and 'úthere was also some disruption to the surface of the varnish on the painting,'Ě but both were fixed and the painting was rehung.
Activists from 'úJust Stop Oil" also disrupted the British Grand Prix race on Sunday when they sat down on the track during a halt in the Formula One race in Silverstone, southern England.
Police said six people were charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance at the race.