The UK is often accused of being a soft touch when it comes to eco-warriors and climate activist types shutting down roads and invading museums and such, but over in Italy they’ll straight up rip your superglued hands from a painting and drag you out of the building by your wrists.
Here’s the moment an Italian security guard tore protestors’ hands off a priceless Botticelli painting at a Florence art gallery and sent them on their way:
Welp, I hope they used climate-friendly glue? The good news is that this painting was protected by glass, so there’s no damage, which is lucky for the protesters because they might have had their hands chopped off otherwise.
Meanwhile at the National Gallery in London a few weeks back, the guards simply stood back and watched as these climate brats did the same thing (the two protesters were eventually arrested more than an hour later):
Unlike the Botticelli painting in Florence, The Hay Wain at the National Gallery does not have glass protecting it, and so suffered damage to its frame and on the painting’s varnish. The Gallery confirmed the damage was dealt with before the painting was re-hung.
Don’t get me wrong – freedom of protest is important, but disrupting the day/journey of ordinary people or touching/damaging items that aren’t yours is annoying at best and criminal at worst, and doesn’t do much to win people over to the cause IMO. In fairness to the security guards and police in the UK, I think they know better than to get physical with protesters given they themselves aren’t offered the same protection from the courts and government as Italian guards and police likely are. Do we need to start taking a page out of Italy’s book?
To watch a vegan protester get atomic wedgied into oblivion by an angry cattle rancher, click HERE.