Environmentalists sprayed Stonehenge prehistoric site with orange paint

Two activists from the environmental organization Just Stop Oil were arrested on Wednesday for spraying paint on the monoliths of the famous British prehistoric site of Stonehenge, the police and the environmental defense group itself announced.

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 fuels, claimed responsibility for the action, ensuring that the painting powder used “will soon disappear in the rain.”

A video circulating on social media shows two men running towards the huge stones that form a circle at the prehistoric site in southwestern England, spraying the monoliths with orange powder, while some people try to stop them.

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

The substance “will soon disappear with the rain, but not the urgent need for effective government action to mitigate the catastrophic consequences of the climate and ecological crisis,” the environmental organization stated in X.

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 summer solstice festivals.

British Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak denounced “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.

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

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