UK: Environmental activists throw soup at Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

LONDON (Reuters) – Members of the ‘Just Stop Oil’ environmental movement threw soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ in London’s National Gallery on Friday, causing minor damage to the painting’s frame.

A video released by the group, which opposes any new gas or oil projects in the world and has organized protests in London for two weeks, shows two women throwing two cans of Heinz tomato soup on a table.

The two activists then glued themselves to a wall.

“There is some minor damage to the frame, but the painting was spared,” the museum said in a statement.

Police said the two women had been arrested.

“Specialist officers released them and they were arrested at a central London police station,” a statement on Twitter read.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; French version by Dina Kartit; Editing by Sophie Louet)

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