30 Jan, 2023 @ 16:44
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Activists glue themselves to Spain’s Congress of Deputies in protest over climate emergency

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Activists from Futuro Vegetal stage a protest in Spain's Congress on January 30, 2023.

CLIMATE activists from a Spanish organisation called Futuro Vegetal (Vegetable Future) glued themselves to the microphones at the lectern in the Congress of Deputies on Monday in their latest protest to demand action to save the environment. 

Members of the same group staged a similar protest in November when they attached their hands to the frames of two Goya paintings in Madrid’s Prado Museum. 

‘This is a climate emergency!’ the group said in a tweet announcing the demonstration. ‘The population is in danger and the powerful are only thinking about their profits. We will escalate our disruption until livestock farming is no longer subsidised.’

The demonstrators had taken advantage of a day when members of the public are allowed to visit the Congress building, according to a report on TV show Hablando Claro. 

Staff from the Congress, which is Spain’s lower house of parliament, removed the flag that the protestors had unfurled and also removed them from the lectern area almost immediately after the demonstration began. 

The damage to Congress was reported to be negligible. 

The protest by Futuro Vegetal in the Prado came after several similar protests in art galleries, including activists throwing soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting in the National Gallery in London.

Futuro Vegetal also staged a protest at a children’s nativity scene outside a branch of the El Corte Ingles department store in central Madrid. Activists sprayed black and red paint at the ‘Cortylandia’ display on December 8 of last year.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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