Protesters targeted Monet's "Les Meules" at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, bordering Berlin - social media
CAIRO – 25 October 2022: Police have arrested German climate activists for throwing mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting at a museum in Germany in protest against fossil fuel production, a stunt that has done no harm to art.
Last Sunday, protesters targeted Monet's "Les Meules" at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, bordering Berlin. The group posted a video on Twitter showing a man and woman throwing mashed potatoes at the board, kneeling in front of it and sticking their hands against the wall, CNBC reported.
“We are in a climate disaster,” cried the woman in German as she kneeled in front of the Monet painting. "This plate would be of no value if we had to fight over food," she resumed.
The incident was the latest attack on a famous artwork by protesters demanding action on climate change. Earlier this month, activists from the campaign group Just Stop Oil were arrested after throwing tomato soup at Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" at the National Gallery in London.
These climate protests have garnered widespread attention online and a mixed reaction, with some criticizing activists for carrying out what they see as misleading attacks on beloved art in order to gain attention.