Climate activists attacked a Gustav Klimt painting with a black, oily liquid before another stuck to its frame.

Members of the group Last Generation Austria attacked the 1915 painting Death And Life in the Leopold Museum in Vienna to protest their government’s use of fossil fuels.

After throwing the liquid on the painting – which was undamaged as it was behind a glass cover – one activist was pushed away by a museum guard while another stuck his hand against the frame of the painting.

On Twitter, the group defended the action, saying it was protesting “oil and gas drilling”, which it called a “death sentence for society”.

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