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WATCH: Climate activists throw soup on Van Gogh’s famed ‘Sunflowers’

There was a horrified reaction at first on social media to the actions of two Climate activists who threw tomato soup on Van Gogh’s famed ‘Sunflowers’ this morning to protest against oil exploration.

The activists from Just Stop Oil then glued themselves to the wall in the National Gallery in London. “What is worth more, art or life? … are you more concerned about the protection of a painting or the protection of our planet and people?” they said.

However, it was soon confirmed that the famed painting was covered by glass, leading to some amusing comments on Twitter.

“She reads too much of the guardian. They all seem to be of the same ilk. Middle class amateur drama students who seem a bit work shy,” was one. 
“Who superglued themselves to the wall. One of the primary ingredients in superglue is toluene which is made from……oil,” wrote another.

Just Stop Oil say that they are “demanding that the UK Government agrees to end all new oil and gas”. However, as the energy crisis deepens, renewable sources have been shown not to be reliable as a consistent source of energy. In order to supply cheaper energy to ordinary people, oil and gas are still necessary.

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