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Sir Keir Starmer has condemned Just Stop Oil's attack on Stonehenge, describing the protest as "outrageous" and "pathetic"
Oliver Trapnell

By Oliver Trapnell

Published: 20/06/2024

- 05:00

Updated: 20/06/2024

- 08:28

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Just Stop Oil have today targeted one of Britain’s most iconic monuments as orange paint was sprayed upon Stonehenge.

The act of vandalism comes just one day before the Summer Solstice during which the monument was built to align.

In dramatic images from the Unesco World Heritage site in Wiltshire, orange powder paint was launched at the stones in what the protest group calls “megalithic action” to demand the UK to drop fossil fuels in a matter of years.

Though the protest group reassured the public the paint would “wash away with the rain”, it has threatened that today's action at the ancient stone circle will herald the arrival of summer-long “civil resistance” at “areas of key importance to the fossil fuel economy” around the world.

A Just Stop Oil statement claimed the damage formed part of the group's efforts to push the government to “commit to working with other governments to agree an equitable plan to end the extraction and burning of oil, gas and coal by 2030”.

The activist group name-dropped the Labour Party - which they called the “UK's Government in waiting” - and its recent manifesto launch which pledged to stop “all future licences for new oil and gas” - but insisted it was “not enough” to prevent the “death of millions” through burning fossil fuels.

Reacting to the news, Rishi Sunak said: “This is a disgraceful act of vandalism to one of the UK's and the world's oldest and most important monuments.

“Just Stop Oil should be ashamed of their activists, and they and anyone associated with them, including a certain Labour Party donor, should issue a condemnation of this shameful act immediately.”

Protesters defacing StonehengeImages from the World Heritage site showed the moment protesters laid siege to the stonesJust Stop Oil

Wiltshire Police told GB News: “Two people have been arrested on suspicion of damaging Stonehenge after orange paint was sprayed on the ancient monument on Wednesday.”

An English Heritage spokesperson told GB News: “Orange powdered paint has been thrown at a number of the stones at Stonehenge. Obviously, this is extremely upsetting and our curators are investigating the extent of the damage. Stonehenge remains open to the public.”

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