On Monday, three young members of the group ‘Ultima Generazione’ (Last Generation in German) who had glued themselves to the protective glass of the painting ‘Spring’ were acquitted. The incident took place in Florence in July 2022 (see video above).
With their campaign, the three climate activists wanted to point out the need for action against the climate crisis. No damage was done to Sandro Botticelli’s masterpiece in the Uffizi at the time. A judge ruled on Monday that there was no crime.
As expected, climate activists welcomed the judge’s ruling: “It makes us relieved, but it does not comfort us. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s government is still not committed to protecting people from the climate crisis,” they noted.
Italy’s Council of Ministers passed a bill in April with strict penalties for people who defile, ruin or damage monuments. The scheme is intended to prevent vandalism against works of art; the fines can amount to 60,000 euros. However, these amounts are in addition to the amounts to which perpetrators are sentenced in criminal or civil proceedings.
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