Climate Activists Arrested After Stonehenge Sprayed with Orange Paint in Fossil Fuel Protest

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Climate Activists Arrested After Stonehenge Sprayed with Orange Paint in Fossil Fuel Protest

In a dramatic act of civil disobedience, two climate activists were arrested today after Stonehenge, the iconic prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, was sprayed with “orange powder paint.” The protest, organised by the Just Stop Oil group, aims to draw attention to the urgent need for governments to phase out fossil fuels by 2030.

Climate Activists Arrested After Stonehenge Sprayed With Orange Paint In Fossil Fuel Protest

The incident occurred around midday, just one day before the summer solstice, when thousands of visitors are expected to gather at Stonehenge. Video footage captured two individuals wearing white Just Stop Oil shirts dashing toward the ancient monoliths, spraying paint from canisters. Bystanders attempted to intervene, but the activists persisted, covering several stones with the orange substance before sitting down on the grass.

In a statement, Just Stop Oil emphasised that their action was a demand for the next UK government to collaborate with other nations in ending oil, gas, and coal extraction and combustion. While the “no new oil and gas” commitment from the government-in-waiting is a step in the right direction, the group insists it falls short. The consequences of continued fossil fuel use are dire, potentially leading to the loss of millions of lives.

“Just Stop Oil” spokesperson, speaking on behalf of the group, stated, “Humanity’s survival is at stake. We must unite to protect our planet. That’s why we call on our next government to sign a legally binding treaty committing to a fossil fuel-free future by 2030.”

Wiltshire Police promptly responded to the incident, arresting the two suspects responsible for defacing the ancient monument. The orange paint sprayed on the stones will likely require careful restoration to preserve the historical site.

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