(Patriot.Buzz) – Resorting to unashamed attacks to gain attention for their far-left green agenda, climate activists caused trouble at the Louvre Museum in Paris by throwing soup at the famous Mona Lisa painting.
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The attack was part of a protest against what they see as inadequate agricultural and food systems.
The protesters were two women wearing shirts with the slogan “FOOD RIPOSTE.” They managed to get past a security barrier to reach the artwork by Leonardo da Vinci. Then, they threw yellow soup at the painting, which was shielded by a bulletproof glass case.
The women are part of Riposte Alimentaire (Food Response). This environmental group is part of the A22 network, which carries out “disruptive climate campaigns in 11 countries,” as reported by the Guardian.
The A22 network includes other groups like Extinction Rebellion and “Just Stop Oil.” It receives funding from the U.S.-based Climate Emergency Fund.
The incident at the Louvre is not the first of its kind. Just Stop Oil has been in the news for similar actions, like when they broke the glass protecting Diego Velázquez’s “The Toilet of Venus” at the National Gallery in London. They also gained attention when they threw tomato soup on Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” painting at the same gallery.
During the Louvre incident, the women shouted to the people around them, asking what was more important – art or the right to healthy and sustainable food. They yelled about alleged problems they see in the current farming system and the challenges farmers face.
After throwing the soup, the protesters raised their hands and chanted. Museum staff quickly covered the scene with black screens and worked to calm the situation. Paris police later arrested the two women.
Riposte Alimentaire announced that this soup-throwing act was just the beginning of a campaign for “the social security of sustainable food.” This event is part of a trend of farmer protests in France, where farmers have demanded better pay, fewer taxes, and stricter import regulations.
The protests have blocked highways with tractors and hay bales, splattering buildings with manure and dumping imported produce onto roads.
In a similar vein, other famous paintings have been targeted by climate activists. For example, Just Stop Oil Belgium activists attacked Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” at the Mauritshuis Museum in the Hague, Netherlands.
— CLPRESS / Agence de presse (@CLPRESSFR) January 28, 2024