Climate Protesters Vandalize Stonehenge With Orange Paint

Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England

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A pair of climate protesters were arrested for vandalizing Stonehenge on Wednesday (June 19) afternoon. The protesters, identified as Niamh Lynch, 21, and Rajan Naidu, 73, started spraying the ancient monument with orange paint, angering other visitors to the site.

Members of the public tried to intervene and drag the two away from the large stones until the police arrived.

However, the pair did manage to deface the ancient rocks with paint and posed for photos before officers showed up and took them into custody on suspicion of damaging the monument.

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the stunt a "disgraceful act of vandalism to one of the U.K.'s and the world's oldest and most important monuments."

The stunt occurred one day before the summer solstice is celebrated at Stonehenge.

The group behind the stunt said that the paint was made from cornflower and would not cause permanent damage to the monument, which is a World Heritage site.

Stonehenge remains open to the public while officials with English Heritage inspect the monument for any damage.

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