December 2, 2022

UK police charge two women after throwing soup on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Two women have been charged with crimes after climate change protesters threw soup over Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflower” painting at London’s National Gallery, British police said on Saturday.

A video released by the Just Stop Oil campaign group, which has been holding protests in the British capital for the past two weeks, showed two of its activists throwing cans of Heinz tomato soup at the painting on Friday. Museums and galleries around the world.

The gallery said the incident caused minor damage to the frame but left the painting intact. Then it reappeared.

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Two women, aged 21 and 20, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later charged with “criminal damage to a frame of Van Gogh’s sunflower painting”, police said.

Another activist will appear in court accused of vandalizing a sign outside New Scotland Yard police headquarters in central London.

A total of 28 people were arrested during Friday’s protest, police said.

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Report by Michael Holden; Editing by Emilia Sithole-Madaris

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