LONDON: Two women have been charged with criminal damage after climate change protesters threw soup at Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ painting in London national galleryBritish police announced on Saturday.
Video released by campaign group Just Stop Oil, which has been staging protests for two weeks in the British capital, showed two of its activists throwing cans of Heinz tomato soup at the board on Friday, one of five versions on display in museums and galleries around the world.
The gallery said the incident caused minor damage to the frame but the painting was unharmed. It then returned to the exhibition.
Police said two women, aged 21 and 20, would later appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with “criminal damage to the frame of van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting”.
Another activist, accused of having damaged the sign in front of the New Court of Scotland police headquarters in central London, will also appear in court.
Police said a total of 28 people were arrested during Friday’s protests.



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