Recently, a viral video shows that a group of people were spraying and painting a 200-year-old arch orange. However, this has garnered a lot of negative responses by users citing that this is disruptive towards history. Furthermore, many find this disrespectful towards the city the structure is in.
Sky News states, three people have been arrested for vandalizing London’s Wellington Arch by spraying it with orange paint as part of a protest by Just Stop Oil activists. The Grade I-listed monument, nearly two centuries old, was also subjected to smoke flares. The activists, protesting new fossil fuel licences, used fire extinguishers to apply the paint.
Furthermore, their actions followed the government’s approval of the UK’s largest untapped oil and gas field at Rosebank, despite environmental concerns. The Met Police arrested three individuals for criminal damage. Another recent climate protest saw activists sentenced to community orders and unpaid work for invading Lord’s cricket ground in London.
200-year-old arch spray painted orange
I liked it better when protesters in Boston handcuffed themselves together in cement barrels and sat in the streets to block highway traffic. pic.twitter.com/XTr1ZyWomQ
— Limit Buyer (@LimitBuyer) October 30, 2023
In addition to this, X users feel that these environmental protesters are causing more harm than good. Furthermore, they feel it was better when these protesters were chained to cement barrels on the road. This caused severe disruptions as well as people who are using said road to commute will most definitely suffer delays.
The establishment wants this. They put good conservatives in jail and encourage this behavior. Didn’t you notice they put old white conservatives in jail and leaves these scumbags alone?
— LibertyTree509 (@LTree509) October 30, 2023
Users state that these “protestors” should be sent to jail and receive a proper haircut in order to look obedient. Furthermore, others feel that it is a conspiracy theory that the world order is against good conservatives. However, this is not rooted in any facts. There is no concrete evidence that this claim is true.
they don't have any respect, they're doing this because their main task is to put people against each other. this isn't reasonable it's not effective as well.
— Lucjan (@Halucjan) October 30, 2023
Others state that incidents like these make them lose respect towards these environmental rights protestors. Many agree that vandalising old landmarks and monuments does not achieve anything at all. Furthermore, conservatives state that these individuals do not respect other people, hence this is probably the reason why they’re doing this.
Regardless, there are better ways to protest for the environment. Destroying historical landmarks isn’t the best way as it is technically speaking not environmentally friendly as well.
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