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UK: 4 people arrested after wax statue of King Charles at Madame Tussauds London was vandalized with cake

A total of four people have been arrested after two climate activists smeared chocolate cake on a wax statue of Britain’s King Charles III at Madame Tussauds in London. A video shared on the Twitter page of campaign group Just Stop Oil, captured a man and woman spreading cake on the British monarch’s wax.

In the video, the activists were seen removing their black clothes to reveal white T-shirts with ‘Just Stop Oil’ on them before slamming the cake on the wax model of the British monarch. They were also heard shouting “it’s time to act”. A CNN report cited the London Metropolitan Police tweet on Monday. “We responded quickly to an incident at Madame Tussauds after two people threw food at a statue around 10.50am.” Police added: “Four people have been arrested for criminal damage related to this incident.”

In a statement, Just Stop Oil said the pair “demand that the government suspend all new oil and gas licenses and authorisations.” This is not the first time that activist groups across Europe have aimed to draw attention to the role of fossil fuels in climate change.

Last week, two climate crisis protesters bombarded Claude Monet’s “Haystacks” painting with mashed potatoes at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, Germany, according to CNN reports. Earlier this month, Just Stop Oil activists threw tomato soup on Vincent van Gogh’s ‘sunflowers’ at the National Gallery in London.

According to CNN, Keir Starmer, leader of Britain’s opposition Labor Party, condemned the actions of “arrogant” Just Stop Oil activists, saying their methods undermined their cause. He told a caller on LBC Radio, quoted by CNN, “I think they’re wrong, I think their action is wrong.”

He continued: “I am thinking particularly of the images we saw of ambulances coming onto the road and not being able to get through because people got stuck in the road.” “I think it’s arrogant of those sticking to the road to think they’re the only ones with the answer to this. They don’t have the answer,” he added.

Britain’s Public and Commercial Services Union, which represents many workers in the arts and culture sector, issued a statement following the attack on Van Gogh’s ‘sunflowers’, saying that while they support the goals of protests against climate change, “attacking our common national heritage is not a constructive way to achieve these goals.” The union added: “We cannot condone these extreme and dangerous tactics which put our members at risk as they try to work.”

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