New raid by ecologists against a work of art. This time the target was the “Rokeby Venus”, a seventeenth-century masterpiece by Diego Velázquez, whose protective glass was hammered by two young activists from the “Just Stop Oil” campaign inside the National Gallery in London.
The attack on the seventeenth-century painting
The two boys were blocked by investigators and immediately arrested, as later confirmed by Scotland Yard. The action was probably not accidental. The same painting, in fact, had been targeted in a similar attack over a century ago, by some “suffragists” who protested in favor of women’s right to vote. “Our government has developed plans for several oil licenses, knowing that it will kill millions of people. In response, two Just Stop Oil supporters destroyed the protective glass of the Venus Rokeby, which had already been attacked by Mary Richardson in 1914.” in a post on social media which resumes the act of vandalism.
Militants against climate change
Just Stop Oil, which began as a campaign against the revival of oil and gas extraction licenses, is part of the controversial international radical environmental movement “Extinction Rebellion”. The militants of this collective, committed to denouncing the threat of climate change, until now had “limited themselves” to smearing various works of art kept in museums in the United Kingdom and other countries around the world with washable paint.