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2 climate activists were arrested after spraying orange paint on Stonehenge

  

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Via:  hallux  •  3 weeks ago  •  21 comments

By:   Joe Hernandez - NPR

2 climate activists were arrested after spraying orange paint on Stonehenge

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Two climate activists have been arrested at Stonehenge in England after spraying orange paint on the well-known historic landmark.

The group Just Stop Oil   took credit   for the Wednesday action, which they said was a call on the United Kingdom to stop the use of fossil fuels by 2030.

“Continuing to burn coal, oil and gas will result in the death of millions. We have to come together to defend humanity or we risk everything,” Just Stop Oil   said   in a press release.

The group said the orange cornflour used on the monument would wash away in the rain.




It identified the two activists responsible as University of Oxford student Niamh Lynch, 21, and Birmingham resident Rajan Naidu, 73.

The Wiltshire Police   confirmed   that officers arrested two people on suspicion of damaging Stonehenge.

The action took place just one day before the summer solstice — the longest day of the year — when thousands of people are expected to descend upon the historic monument.

English Heritage, the group that manages Stonehenge,   said   in a post on X that the site remains open. It called the incident “extremely upsetting” and said its curators were assessing the extent of any damage.

In its press release, Just Stop Oil said it wouldn’t be enough for the UK to stop any future oil and gas licenses, but rather urged the government to sign a legally binding treaty barring it from extracting and burning oil, gas and coal by the year 2030.

UK political leaders were quick to condemn the demonstration.

In a post on X, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak   said : “Just Stop Oil are a disgrace.”

Labour leader Keir Starmer, who is running against Sunak in the upcoming election,   said the damage done to Stonehenge was “outrageous.” Starmer called Just Stop Oil “pathetic” and said those responsible for the action “must face the full force of the law.”


It’s the latest public protest initiated by activists with Just Stop Oil, whose members have also   interrupted   tennis matches at Wimbledon,   disrupted   the London pride parade and   defaced classic works of art.


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Hallux
PhD Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    3 weeks ago

Dear Niamh and Rajan,

Piss off, you are not helping.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
1.1  Ozzwald  replied to  Hallux @1    3 weeks ago

If it helps, it wasn't actually paint, from the article I read.  It was an orange powder, easy to clean off.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    3 weeks ago

It better be.

 
 
 
Hallux
PhD Principal
1.1.2  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    3 weeks ago
It was an orange powder

The same that Trump wears?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Senior Expert
1.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1    3 weeks ago
wasn't actually paint, from the article I read.  It was an orange powder, easy to clean off.

So the perps claim.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
1.1.4  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.1.3    3 weeks ago

From the article.................

The group said the orange cornflour used on the monument would wash away in the rain.
 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
1.1.5  Ozzwald  replied to  Hallux @1.1.2    3 weeks ago
The same that Trump wears?

Maybe they were MAGA protestors...

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
1.1.6  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.5    3 weeks ago

Why would people overseas be protesting against MAGAs?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Senior Expert
1.1.7  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.6    3 weeks ago

Apparently, logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead with some.

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
1.1.8  Gsquared  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @1.1.7    3 weeks ago

And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off with her head

 
 
 
Mark in Wyoming
Professor Silent
1.1.9  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.1    3 weeks ago

One of the issues I read about the clean up, is that there is supposedly some form of endangered lichen on the stones, so care has to be used.

 
 
 
evilone
Professor Guide
1.2  evilone  replied to  Hallux @1    3 weeks ago
Piss off, you are not helping.

They are actually making it worse.

 
 
 
Drakkonis
Professor Guide
1.2.1  Drakkonis  replied to  evilone @1.2    3 weeks ago

Yeah, I can't figure out the reasoning, which seems to be "Let's do something that makes people hate us so much they'll join our cause!". 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
2  Trout Giggles    3 weeks ago

Assholes

 
 
 
Gsquared
Professor Principal
3  Gsquared    3 weeks ago

Lock them up and throw away the key.

 
 
 
shona1
Professor Quiet
4  shona1    3 weeks ago

Morning...I am all for spraying their house inside and out with the same stuff..

No worries it should wash of when it rains...

 
 
 
TᵢG
Professor Principal
5  TᵢG    3 weeks ago

It takes only a tiny minority of extremists to tarnish the efforts of a large group.   People often over-generalize resulting in errant stereotypes that tend to persist.

Do these nutcases not see they are hurting the cause?

 
 
 
GregTx
Professor Guide
5.1  GregTx  replied to  TᵢG @5    3 weeks ago

I don't think they do.

 
 
 
TᵢG
Professor Principal
6  TᵢG    3 weeks ago

Also, what is the symbolism here?   In what way is Stonehenge harming the climate? 

 
 
 
Drakkonis
Professor Guide
6.1  Drakkonis  replied to  TᵢG @6    3 weeks ago

There is no symbolism. It is simply a statement that these climate activists are not going to allow life as usual until their demands are met. They see themselves as martyrs and heroes, hoping to inspire others to the same sorts of acts, which include not simply things like this or defacing art, but blocking traffic, glueing themselves to whatever, interrupting sporting events and so on. They're all the same thing. 

 
 
 
TᵢG
Professor Principal
6.1.1  TᵢG  replied to  Drakkonis @6.1    3 weeks ago

And that is why it is so counter-productive.   At least the tree-lovers, as an example, chained themselves to trees.   One could see the symbolism and they did not randomly deface art and history.

Obnoxious / destructive behavior — especially that which seems entirely random — is counter-productive.

 
 

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