Just Stop Oil protesters have targeted a King Charles waxwork at Madame Tussauds by trashing the sculpture with chocolate cake.
Today marks the 24th day of action from the eco vandalism agitators, who have been blocking roads and dousing valuable artwork with soup in a series of antics since Oct 1.
Eilidh McFadden, 20, from Glasgow and Tom Johnson, 29, a painter-decorator from Sunderland, purchased tickets to Madame Tussauds and, just after 10.30am, hopped over the rope barrier dividing the model of the King from the public and daubed it with chocolate cake.
Just Stop Oil — it’s a piece of cake.
— Just Stop Oil (@JustStop_Oil) October 24, 2022
They said: “We are here because we seek to protect our freedoms and rights, because we seek to protect this green and pleasant land which is the inheritance of us all.”
The group pointed out that last year at COP 26 in Glasgow, Queen Elizabeth said: “The time for words has moved to the time for action.”
Her heir King Charles III – who has long been a backer of green initiatives, echoed his mother’s opinion, “demanding immediate action and not just words”.
Just Stop Oil said in a message: “The science is clear. The demand is simple: just stop new oil and gas. It’s a piece of cake.”
“The action takes place a few weeks ahead of COP 27 which King Charles III has reportedly abandoned plans to attend and deliver a speech at, on the advice of the then, now former Prime Minister Liz Truss.”
The Met Police said four people have been arrested for criminal damage concerning the incident. They added: “We responded quickly to an incident at Madame Tussauds after two people threw food at a statue at approximately 10.50am.”
It pushes the total of arrests made involving Just Stop Oil protesters to almost 600 since the beginning of October.
They said they will not stop their action until the Government announces a reversal on its plan to allow fracking to occur again in the UK.