Environmentalists spray paint at Stonehenge and are arrested

Two activists of the environmental organization Just Stop Oil They were arrested on Wednesday for spray paint the monoliths of the famous British prehistoric site of stonehengeannounced the police and the environmental defense group itself.

The Wilshire police, in the southwest of England, reported in a statement that they arrested two suspects, while Just Stop Oil, which calls for an end to the exploitation of fossil fuelsclaimed responsibility for the action, ensuring that the powder paint used “will soon disappear with the rain.”

A video circulating on social networks shows two men running towards the enormous stones that form a circle at the prehistoric site in the southwest of Englandspraying the monoliths with orange powder, while some people try to stop him.

“Officers went to the scene and arrested two people suspected of damaging the monument,” the police reported, as the site prepares to receive thousands of visitors during the Summer Solstice.

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The substance “will soon wash away with the rain, but the urgent need for effective government action to mitigate the catastrophic consequences of the climate and ecological crisis“, stated in X the organization ecologist.

Built in stages between approximately 3000 and 2300 BC, Stonehenge is one of the most important prehistoric megalithic monuments in the world due to its size, sophisticated plan and architectural precision.

Its standing stones, which form a set of mysterious circles, attract thousands of people each year for the Pagan celebrations of the summer solstice.

British Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunakdenounced “a shameful act of vandalism against one of the oldest and most important monuments in the United Kingdom and the world.”

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For two years now, the government must address the harsh actions of the organization, which has attacked works of art, interrupted sports competitions or interrupted shows.

Due to this, the conservative government has tightened the law on the right to demonstrate in an attempt to prevent the actions of this group, founded in February 2022, which calls for the end of the exploitation of fossil energies before 2030.

The Labor leader Keir Starmerfavorite to become prime minister after the July 4 elections, which could put an end to 14 years of conservative governments, has also denounced the way the environmental organization acts.


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