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Climate campaigners fail to stick to ‘The Scream’ chalkboard in Norway: ‘I’m screaming for people who are dying’

On Friday, climate activists in Norway tried to glue themselves to Edvard Munch’s 1893 painting “The Scream” in a museum in Oslo.

Norwegian police say two people tried to cling to the famous painting while a third person filmed them. “The Scream” was in a frame protected by glass, preventing any damage from being done.

While the paintwork was undamaged, glue residue could be seen on the glass backing.

The video of the individuals trying to cling to the glass frame shows a person shouting “I’m screaming for the people who are dying”.

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People watch Edvard Munch

People watch ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch at the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway on Sunday, January 13, 2019. On Friday, November 11, 2022, activists from the organization ‘Stop oljeletinga’ (Stop the exploration oil) tried to stick to the frame of the painting.
(Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix via AP)

“I scream when lawmakers ignore science,” another person shouted.

The individuals belong to the Norwegian group ‘Stopp oljeletinga’, which stands for Stop Oil Exploration, and said they “wanted to pressure lawmakers to stop oil exploration”.

This isn’t the first time climate activists have tried to stick their hands on paintings.

On November 5, climate activists in Spain went to the Prado Museum in Madrid and tried to stick their hands on several paintings by Francisco de Goya.

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Climate change activists vandalize a painting to raise awareness about climate change.

Climate change activists vandalize a painting to raise awareness about climate change.
(Generation Letzte)

The activists glued their hands to the paintings and painted “+1.5 C” on the wall of the museum.

In a statement, the museum said the paintings were undamaged and condemned the activity.

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Activists stick to Goya

Activists stick to Goya’s ‘Las Majas’ to protest climate emergency
(Courtesy of FuturoVegetal via Reuters)

“We condemn the use of the museum as a venue for political protest of any kind,” the statement read.

On October 23, Letzte Generation activists threw mashed potatoes at a $110 million Monet painting that was in a Potsdam museum.

The group said they threw mashed potatoes on the board to raise awareness of the dangers of fossil fuels.

“We make this #Monet the state and the public the public,” the band tweeted. “If it takes a board – with #MashedPotatoes or #TomatoSoup thrown at it – for society to remember that fossil fuel prices are killing us all: then we’ll give you #MashedPotatoes on a board!”

Sally Hickson, who is an art historian at the University of Guelph in Canada, previously told Fox News Digital that she wonders if activism will really change minds.

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“Does that convince people? It’s very hard to convince people when people are blind to what’s going on around the planet. I don’t know if that would convince any of those people,” said Hickson. “I mean, I just think we’re living in a time right now where people have very entrenched ideas about things.

Julia Musto and Bradford Betz of The Associated Press and Fox News contributed to this report.

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