Two octogenarians attack the “Magna Carta”

Two octogenarians attack the “Magna Carta”
Two octogenarians attack the “Magna Carta”

Two octogenarians attack Magna Carta

Published today at 5:00 p.m.

Two octogenarians from the environmental group Just Stop Oil damaged on Friday the window which protects a copy of the Magna Carta, considered a founding text of modern democracy, exhibited at the British Library in London.

A video broadcast by the group, accustomed to spectacular actions, shows the two ladies attacking the thick glass by hitting a chisel with a hammer. According to Just Stop Oil, which is campaigning for the government to establish a plan to end the use of fossil fuels by 2030, the two octogenarians then stuck their hands together.

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London police said they had arrested two people “on suspicion of criminal damage”. “The damage caused concerns the protective display case and not the room itself,” said the Metropolitan Police.

The British Library holds two of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, a 1215 text establishing that the king and his government are not above the law.


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