Climate activists smear paint on Monet painting in Sweden 

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Copenhagen (dpa) – Two climate activists smeared paint on a Claude Monet artwork at the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm on Wednesday. 

A museum spokeswoman told dpa the two people smeared paint on the artwork before glueing themselves to it. She added that the painting is now being examined for damages by museum experts. 

The Stockholm police said they detained two women accusing them of serious property damage. It remains unclear whether more people were involved in the incident. 

The environmental organization Återställ Våtmarker (“Restore the Moors”) claimed responsibility, posting a video of the two women during the incident to their Twitter account. 

The video shows that the attack was on Monet’s work “Le Jardin de l’artiste à Giverny.” 

The painting by the French impressionist normally hangs in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, reported the Swedish newspaper Expressen.

For some time now, climate activists have been using incidents like this to draw attention to the need to step up the fight against the climate crisis, often targeting prominent works of art.

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