In London, activists from the Just Stop Oil group have defaced official buildings they believe are the pillars of the fossil fuel economy.
Climate activists have defaced several governments and business buildings in London. The Home Office, the MI5 Secret Service building, the Bank of England and the headquarters of News Corp, Rupert Murdoch’s media company, all received a dose of orange paint. But, according to the activists, the target this time was organizations that are the pillars of an economy that runs on fossil fuels.
Just Stop Oil supporters have also attacked famous works of art recently. For example, “The Sunflowers” by Van Gogh or “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Vermeer were covered in tomato soup or mashed potatoes, while the activists glued themselves to the wall or frame.
Just Stop Oil is targeting government support for the oil industry. The movement was founded in February and has since made a name for itself with bold protests. It started with disrupting the BAFTAs, the UK’s top film awards. Field invasions followed this at major football clubs such as Arsenal, Everton, Wolverhampton and Tottenham.
Also a month-long blockade of ten British oil factories, a protest during the Formula 1 prize of Great Britain or the disruption of London traffic by activists clinging to the road surface also made the pages.
Just Stop Oil’s actions come on the eve of the COP 27 climate summit in Egypt, which will start on Sunday, November 6.