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What do you think about the recent spate of high-profile protests by climate activists who have attempted to vandalize major works of art in museums?

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The question itself is inherently biased. We need some nuance here. This might not be popular among some with an anti-environmental agenda but I don't think they have actually tried to vandalise the art works. The works themselves are protected behind screens and the activists have been well aware of this. Whether such a method of drawing attention to the state of the world is effective or not, well that is something else. Those who actually believe species depletion, deforestation, soil depletion, desertification, etc are not happening will always find a cosh to beat those who know it is. Personally, the jury is still out on the activity in my mind.

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Blithering idiots.

Harming the very cause they seek to promote.

17 ( +19 / -2 )

I love the environment but the way they're promoting its preservation is wrong. Destroying pieces of history and culture is never justified. If these hardliner climate activists want to go violent on something or someone, why not just do guerilla clean-up drives, gardening, tree planting or the like. Promote your advocacy in a good way. Stunts like these just give the movement a bad name.

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One day, those people in orange vest blocking the roads in the UK will do so in front of the wrong driver.

Someone is going to end up dead or in a wheelchair while achieving nothing.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

The history of protest is a history of others complaining about the methods of protest.

How dare those suffragettes chain themselves to a railing or disrupt a horse race!!

Unless you are descended from the aristocracy, most rights you enjoy and most economic security you have comes from others protesting. People should be humble enough to admit this, not quick to line up with the billionaires and their spokesmen in criticizing people trying to make the world better. A world that uses oil benefits billionaires, not ordinary people whose pockets are the source of those billions.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

They are simply as sick and criminal as the doctrine they follow.

2 ( +10 / -8 )

Protests, activism, has now come under the influence if extremists with threats of more extrema acts associated with organisations that provoke public retribution and the underlining threat of violence.

I have even read these extreme acts are been liken to terrorism.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

When families can't drive there loved one of hospital for what could be life saving treatment/appointments.

The emergency services fire brigade are unable to deal with life threatening incidents.

Ambulances unable to get the injured to hospitals because of roads being blocked by "activists".

That action is extremism.

I fully support whatever action is deemed necessary to make sure when our loved ones need to be treated in Hospitals the roads are clear from extremists then make it so.

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UK ambulances don't need the protestors to stop them, they are doing a good job of that themselves. An old man on the street waited 12 hours for an ambulance.

A report just out on the Manchester bombing in 2017 stated the fire brigade didn't attend the site for 4 hours. Victims and survivors phoned 999 but no one came.  Only one paramedic was at the bomb scene for the first 45 minutes.

These protestors will be pushed to take further action and could end up damaging a valuable painting or other artwork.

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Who is financing their activism then, Eastman? Perhaps you can enlighten us since you seem to be in on the secret. I know this does sound a tiny bit like whataboutery, which I am usually opposed to, but I suspect the money involved in financing the great promotion of business as usual is many orders of magnitude higher.

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Why is it considered "socialism" to be concerned about the living processes that support our livelihoods and way of life, Jexan? Last time I looked it was socialism for the rich, the bankers and the oil merchants while the rest of us are condemned to pay for them.

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Yes we could mull over NHS funding data analysis, it's changes, capital funding, revenue distribution, reasoning behind expenditure limitations, and how that affects improvements and disparities or the lack of. services and the political consequences.

None would excuse the fact that extremists are preventing emergency services responding because they are willfully blocking the roads.

All small business that depend on there livelihoods, feed there families. pay the bills, mortgagees want is to get on with there lives.

The patience of the public has limits.

How close is public anger to action that wont stop at just pulling these activists off the streets?

wallace do you really want to find out?

You mention the lack of funding in our services.

If the public was ever to feel that, that back stop of social limitation was to be breached, there is not enough Police/Army to prevent the resulting anarchy.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Kind of pointless. not sure what the message is..... Take that, dead artist!!!!

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Firstly, apart from inconvenience to gallery-goings who wanted to actually see the art work, the pieces “attacked” were protected. That sounds like recon was done. However, those on the fringe may not be as careful and actually damage a piece. Monkey see, monkey do.

Secondly, these protests involving glueing oneself to the place may itself become artistic expression of a sort. The Porsche climate protest is an excellent example. Of course, the artists who, after days or weeks or months, may be covered in their own bodily excretions, suffering visibly from thirst and starvation and ultimately be reduced to desicated skin over bones, will have to be protected by odor-worth barriers. Art must be preserved.

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They glue themselves to famous oil paintings about "stop the oil by" famous artists like Constable and Van Gogh who never used much oil except for lamps and paintings.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Follow these idiots home. And if they get on any public transport then ambush them and pour cream of mushroom soup over their heads!

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Someone should try "face pieing" them while glued.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Those radicals only target something much easier for both access and penalty. Or do they have the guts to do it for the portrait of Mao on Tiananmen Square? By the way, China has been one of the biggest state producers of carbon emissions.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The planet's flora and fauna are infinitely more priceless than art works.

China has been one of the biggest state producers of carbon emissions.

Did you think the West's acid rain had just vanished?

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"What do you think about the recent spate of high-profile protests by climate activists who have attempted to vandalize major works of art in museums?"

If no one listens to them, those 'works of art' will just be more of the archaeological trash an extinct Mankind leaves behind it...

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Misguided

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