THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Johannes Vermeer masterpiece “Girl with a Pearl Earring” on Thursday became the latest artwork targeted by climate activists in a protest at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague. The priceless work reportedly was not damaged.
A video posted on Twitter showed one man pouring a can of what appear to be tomatoes over another man who appeared to attempt to glue his head to the world famous painting.
Dutch broadcaster NOS reported that the Mauritshuis museum said the painting was not damaged.
It is so amazing of the number of idiots that dote our known world as indicated by these people trying to destroy a lovely work of art for their own stupid ideas. It is with good hope the court will put them away for at least the protection of good people.
A question will always arise, and that what good was accomplished by their actions?
As a former artist, art and culture lover and someone who is fond of Art Museums and admirer of the work of Johannes Vermeer of course I agree with you. Unfortunately Climate extremism/ecological radicalism and eco terrorism will be new forms of extremism and terrorism. This political vandalism and cultural barbarism is part of that. The environmental activist Volkert van der Graaf (born 9 July 1969) was the murderer who assassinated politician Pim Fortuyn, the leader of the Pim Fortuyn List (LPF) party, on 6 May 2002. An environmental and animal rights activist, van der Graaf stated at his trial that he killed Fortuyn to stop him from exploiting Muslims as "scapegoats" and targeting "the vulnerable sections of society" in seeking political power.
Earlier this week another environmental activist glued himself to a table of a TV news show of a Dutch commercial channal.
You see the tension of the security guards after the action of the climate activist. He is dragged off the table. He shouts Kanker ('cancer in Dutch'), a bad swear word, like f*** or bullshit in English.
Two activists from Just Stop Oil, a movement campaigning against fossil fuels, have glued themselves to the frame of a Vincent Van Gogh painting at the Courtauld Gallery in London, calling for the government to end new fossil fuel projects, and for art institutions to join them in civil resistance.
I want to say this to you folks. I am not a violent or aggressive person, but I am happy that I wasn't there, because I would have exploded with anger and the museum guards would have to drag me away from the climate activists, because glued or not I would have dragged them off that painting which is a sacred peace of art which should always be respected, well treated and guarded at any moment and lives with delicate climatoglogical cicrumstances in a museum, not to be attacked by some Climatlogical loonies.
This what connects the islamic State, climate extremists and far right nutcases that attack synagogues, churches, mosques (in New Zealand's Christchurch) and Sikh temples (American far right extremists mistook a Sikh temple for a Mosque) and other sacred places.
Those left-wing complacent, woke, full of self-righteous faces. Feeling morally better than the rest and putting their climate goals above all else. I have trouble with these people. Should have the chance to spend an evening or an afternoon with these people. I want to understand them but find it increasingly difficult. Just like communists, Nazis, religious fanatics, Fascists, crazy extremely violent Greek Anarchists who set cops on fire with Molotov cocktails, these people have only one frame of reference, their own right. And everything has to give way to that, Visual Arts, cars, people, employment, farmers, entrepreneurs and politicians who do not agree with their Woke truth, conservative thinkers, classical liberals who believe in the Free Market, Social Democrats who are too moderate, Fashion, design, roads, bridges and buildings. What do these people want. What is their alternative, workable alternative?
Ecofascism is a term used to describe individuals and groups which combines environmentalism with fascist viewpoints and tactics. Originally the term "Ecofascist" was considered to be an academic term for a hypothetical type of government which would militantly enforce environmental measures over the needs and freedoms of its citizens. In non-academic circles, the term "ecofascist" was originally used as a slur against the emerging environmental movement from the 1970s onwards. However, since the 2010s, a number of individuals and groups have emerged that either self-identify as "ecofascist" or have been labelled so by academic or journalistic sources.
These individuals and groups synthesise radical far-right politics with environmentalism and will typically advocate that overpopulation is the primary threat to the environment and that the only solution is to completely halt immigration, or at their most extreme, actively genocide minority groups and ethnicities. As environmentalism has become more and more mainstream in recent decades, many far-right political parties have experimented with adding green politics to their platforms, while since the 2010s a number of terrorists internationally have cited ecofascism as their motive.
The authors Janet Biehl and Peter Staudenmaier suggest that the synthesis of fascism and environmentalism began with Nazism. In their book Ecofascism: Lessons from the German Experience, they note the Nazi Party's interest in ecology, and suggest their interest was "linked with traditional agrarian romanticism and hostility to urban civilization". Richard Walther Darré, a leading Nazi ideologist who invented the term "Blood and Soil", developed a concept of the nation having a mystic connection with their homeland, and as such, the nation was dutybound to take care of the land. Because of this, modern ecofascists cite the Nazi Party as an origin point of ecofascism.
After the outlawing of the neo-nazi Socialist Reich Party, one of its members August Haußleiter moved towards organizing within the environmental and anti-nuclear movements, going on to become a founding member of the German Green Party. When green activists later uncovered his past activities in the neo-nazi movement, Haußleiter was forced to step down as the party's chairman, although he continued to hold a central role in the party newspaper. As efforts to expel nationalist elements within the party continued, a conservative faction split off and founded the Ecological Democratic Party, which became noted for persistent holocaust denial, rejection of social justice and opposition to immigration.