Britain’s Stonehenge Sprayed with Paint by Environmental Protesters

People walk around the Stonehenge stone circle, seen with dry fields surrounding it, as a second heatwave continues in parts of the country, in Amesbury, Britain, August 12, 2022. (Reuters)
People walk around the Stonehenge stone circle, seen with dry fields surrounding it, as a second heatwave continues in parts of the country, in Amesbury, Britain, August 12, 2022. (Reuters)
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Britain’s Stonehenge Sprayed with Paint by Environmental Protesters

People walk around the Stonehenge stone circle, seen with dry fields surrounding it, as a second heatwave continues in parts of the country, in Amesbury, Britain, August 12, 2022. (Reuters)
People walk around the Stonehenge stone circle, seen with dry fields surrounding it, as a second heatwave continues in parts of the country, in Amesbury, Britain, August 12, 2022. (Reuters)

Environmental protesters sprayed paint on Britain's Stonehenge on Wednesday, with orange marks covering some of the stones of the prehistoric megalithic structure on the eve of the summer solstice celebrations.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of damaging the ancient monument, police said in a statement.

"This is extremely upsetting and our curators are investigating the extent of the damage," English Heritage, the charity that manages Stonehenge, said on X. Stonehenge remains open, it added.

The monument, one of Britain's most visited tourist spots, also holds spiritual significance and attracts thousands of revelers, spiritualists and tourists during the summer solstice - the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

In video released by environmental group Just Stop Oil, two protesters were seen running towards two of Stonehenge's megaliths and spraying paint as another person attempted to stop them.

Members of the public were able to walk around within the stone circle, located in southern England, until 1977 when it was fenced off due to concerns over damage from a sharp rise in the number of visitors.

"Just Stop Oil are a disgrace," Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on X of the protest at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Just Stop Oil has gained prominence in Britain for disruptive environmental protests, with its activists shutting down major roads, disrupting cultural and sporting events and even throwing soup at a Van Gogh painting.

The group wants the British government to end the extraction and burning of oil, gas and coal by 2030.



‘Compass’ Program Aims to Preserve History of Red Sea and Saudi Arabia’s Western Region

The move is part of a larger regional documentation program to explore innovative ideas and boost cognitive and cultural content about the diversity of the Red Sea. (SPA)
The move is part of a larger regional documentation program to explore innovative ideas and boost cognitive and cultural content about the diversity of the Red Sea. (SPA)
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‘Compass’ Program Aims to Preserve History of Red Sea and Saudi Arabia’s Western Region

The move is part of a larger regional documentation program to explore innovative ideas and boost cognitive and cultural content about the diversity of the Red Sea. (SPA)
The move is part of a larger regional documentation program to explore innovative ideas and boost cognitive and cultural content about the diversity of the Red Sea. (SPA)

The Center for the History of the Red Sea and the West of Saudi Arabia, affiliated with the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah), launched on Sunday the “Compass” program, marking the beginning of a series of interactive initiatives aimed at preserving and highlighting the national history of the Red Sea and the Kingdom's western region.

The move is part of a larger regional documentation program initiated by Darah to explore innovative ideas and boost cognitive and cultural content about the diversity of the Red Sea through digital production, culture, arts, emerging technologies, and artificial intelligence.

It includes skill-testing competitions designed to simplify educational content about the Red Sea, accompanied by creative products and solutions, as well as a variety of enrichment activities and ideas.

The program, running daily until July 25, is being held in cooperation with the College of Communication and Media at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, the “Let’s Provide an Initiative” program affiliated with Jeddah Governorate, the Historic Jeddah Program, and the Saudi Committee for Popular Games.

It provides an opportunity for all university students, graduates, and interested individuals to participate and compete by presenting their creative ideas in a stimulating and inspiring environment.