Swedish Climate Activists Target Monet Painting in Latest Stunt

Emma Campbell | June 15, 2023
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Two climate activists were detained Wednesday after staging a political stunt with a Monet painting. 

The activists, two women, targeted Claude Monet’s “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny,” on display at Sweden’s National Museum for their demonstration. The women smeared red paint on the piece and glued themselves to the frame. 

In a video of the incident, they revealed that this stunt was driven by the climate change agenda. They called for the Swedish government to “ban peat mining and restore the wetlands.” 

“The situation is urgent. As a nurse, I refuse to watch. The pandemic was nothing compared to climate collapse. It’s about life or death,” one of the women, identified as Emma Johanna Fritzdotter, shouted in the video.

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The protesters went on to proclaim the doom that awaited humanity, claiming that “children and the elderly (will) die first.” 

“Our health is under threat. The very basis of health is under threat,” the other woman in the video said. 

The climate activism group “Restore the Wetlands” took responsibility for the attack, saying that it was designed to pressure the Swedish government to honor commitments to international climate policy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

The painting was encased in glass at the time, and is now being assessed to see if it received any lasting damage.


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