Video. Two octogenarians attack Magna Carta with chisels in London

Video. Two octogenarians attack Magna Carta with chisels in London
Video. Two octogenarians attack Magna Carta with chisels in London

Two octogenarians from the environmentalist group Just Stop Oil were arrested on Friday May 10 for damaging the window which protects a copy of the Magna Carta, the founding text of modern democracy, on display 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.

“This document deals with the rule of law, and opposition to the abuse of power. Our government is breaking its own laws”

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. “This document deals with the rule of law, and opposition to the abuse of power. Our government is breaking its own laws,” Judy Bruce, 85, says in the Just Stop Oil video. “I am a Christian and I am forced to do everything I can do to alleviate the terrible suffering that is happening and is already here,” continues the Reverend Sue Parfitt, 82 years old.


Just Stop Oil is campaigning for the government to establish a plan to end the use of fossil fuels by 2030.

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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. Quoted in a press release, Judy Bruce declared that “400 renowned scientists, contributors to the IPCC reports, say that we are ‘deplorably unprepared’ for what is coming: 2.5°C or more of warming compared to pre-existing levels. -industrial”. She was referring to a recent Guardian poll which found that almost 80% of responding scientists expect such warming, which exceeds the Paris agreement target.

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