So called eco-vandals could face fines of up to €60,000 for defacing cultural heritage

Eco-vandals to face fines of up to €60,000 under new law

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So-called eco-vandals are to be fined up to €60,000 under a bill that became law today.

Today (18th January), a law was passed which allows for fines of up to €60,000 for so-called eco-vandals.

Recently, climate activists have attacked several well-known monuments in Italy. These include, dying the fountain water by the Spanish Steps, throwing red paint (easily removable) over the Baptistery in Florence and gluing themselves to artwork.

The law aims to stop this form of protest, levying fines of €20,000-60,000 for anyone who defaces cultural heritage.

Climate Activists receive sentences

A judge on Wednesday indicted three members of Italy’s Ultima Generazione (Last Generation, UG) climate group for spraying wash-offable paint over Maurizio Cattelan’s L.O.V.E. sculpture in Milan a year ago.

Today, three more climate activists from UG got a six-month suspended sentence for blocking Bologna’s ring road for a while on 2nd November 2023.

The UG members claimed a moral victory. “The judge recognised the social and moral value of our action,” they said.

The stunts are part of a long series of controversial acts of civil disobedience the UG group has staged to draw attention to the climate emergency. These include several instances of blocking traffic and pouring easy-to-wash-off paint over the protective shields of artworks and famous monuments.

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