Activists hurl soup at Mona Lisa, latest climate protest to target masterpiece

Two protesters doused the glass case surrounding the Mona Lisa in soup on Sunday.

The women wore shirts that read “Riposte Alimentaire,” or “Food Retaliation.” They ducked under a security barrier to get closer to the painting, but the Da Vinci masterpiece was protected by the case.

“What’s the most important thing?” they shouted. “Art, or the right to healthy and sustainable food?”

Parisian police said two people were arrested at the Louvre over the protest. They did not publicly identify the women.

Protesters throw soup at Mona Lisa in latest action
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AFPTV footage shows Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” doused in soup after two environmental activists from the collective dubbed “Riposte Alimentaire” (Food Retaliation) hurled food at the artwork on Sunday.

On its website, the Riposte Alimentaire group advocates for sustainable agriculture and action against climate change. It claims France is not living up to its commitments to save the planet and calls for all French people to receive food subsidies.

Employees at the Louvre responded to the protest by putting up black screens and telling everyone to leave the room that holds the Mona Lisa.

Farmers in France have been protesting in Paris in recent days, demanding better prices for their produce, fewer regulations and protection against imported food. The farmers vowed to drive tractors to the capital and blockade a major market.

The Riposte Alimentaire protesters backed the farmers during their demonstration and shouted, “Our farming system is sick. Our farmers are dying at work.”

Protesters throw soup at Mona Lisa in latest action
DAVID CANTINIAUX/AFPTV/AFP via Getty Images

AFPTV footage shows Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” doused in soup after two environmental activists on Sunday.

The French government attempted to appease the farmers on Friday with a number of measures, but the farmers said they didn’t go far enough.

The new French prime minister, Gabriel Attal, visited a farm on Sunday and promised further action to protect farmers against “unfair competition” from imports.

Throwing things at famous works of arka has become a go-to move for climate protesters. The group Just Stop Oil, based in the U.K., has targeted various works across Europe.

With News Wire Services

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