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Climate protesters arrested over spraying orange paint on Stonehenge monument

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🗞️ Driving the news: Two climate protesters from the group Just Stop Oil were arrested after spraying orange paint on the ancient Stonehenge monument in southern England
• The act was quickly condemned by political leaders, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer criticizing the vandalism

🔭 The context: The incident occurred a day before the summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Just Stop Oil stated that the paint was cornstarch-based and would dissolve in the rain, aiming to highlight the Labour Party’s recent manifesto, which promises to halt new oil and gas licenses if they win the upcoming election

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The protest underscores the urgency felt by climate activists regarding global warming and the need for stronger policies to phase out fossil fuels
• The group's actions draw attention to the climate crisis but also spark debate on the effectiveness and appropriateness of such methods

⏭️ What's next: As public and political responses to such protests continue to be divided, the focus will likely shift to how future demonstrations can balance raising awareness with maintaining public support
• The upcoming election could also influence the direction of the UK's climate policies

💬 One quote: "This is a disgraceful act of vandalism," said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in response to the incident

📈 One stat: Just Stop Oil demands a treaty to phase out fossil fuels by 2030, asserting that continuing their use will lead to the death of millions

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