- by cnn
- 08 Jun 2023
Two Belgian climate change activists who last week targeted the Johannes Vermeer painting Girl with a Pearl Earring have been sentenced to two months in prison by a Dutch court, of which one month was suspended.
One activist glued his head to glass covering the painting at a museum in The Hague. The artwork was not damaged, gallery staff said.
The protesters said their action was intended to highlight how seeing artwork destroyed evoked a similar feeling to seeing the planet destroyed.
The public prosecutor asked for a four-month sentence, with two months suspended, but the judge said she did not want her sentence to discourage other people from demonstrating.
The two men went to trial through a fast-track process on charges of destruction and open violence against the painting. A third activist, who did not agree with the trial being fast-tracked, will appear in court on Friday.
All three are part of Just Stop Oil Belgium, which is not affiliated with Just Stop Oil in Britain.
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