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Climate protesters stage another stunt at Uffizi Gallery

Climate protesters stage another stunt at Uffizi Gallery

UG members put flood images on screen of Botticelli's Primavera

ROME, 03 March 2024, 15:39

ANSA English Desk



The Ultima Generazione (Last Generation - UG) civil-disobedience group returned to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence on Sunday to stage another stunt aimed at highlighting the need to combat the climate crisis.
    Five members of the group pasted images of last year's disastrous Campi Bisenzio floods near Florence onto the screen protecting Sandro Botticelli's Primavera.
    Museum guards turned off the lights in the room, told visitors to leave and called the police. The stunt was over within minutes.
    UG members staged a similar protest at the museum last month with Botticelli's Birth of Venus.
    In November a Florence judge acquitted three members of the group who had glued themselves to the protective screen of Botticelli's Primavera in July 2022.
    "The mud destroyed everything in 2023 in Campi Bisenzio leaving behind more than two billion euros in damage and seven deaths," UG said in a statement.
    "The government has not yet given money to the affected people.
    "It talks about security, but the only security it respects is that of the market.
    "And it punishes those who ask for this (security) with (possible) fines of 20,000 euros (for climate protests).
    "Ultima Generazione demands that the State takes care of its citizens with a 20 billion 'Reparation Fund' for all the victims of climate disasters".
    UG has staged a series of controversial headline-grabbing protests in the last two years including pouring red liquid over themselves outside Florence cathedral and gluing themselves to the iconic Laocoon statuary group in the Vatican Museums.


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