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Louvre's 'Mona Lisa' Faces Protester Soup Attack, Glass Casing Saves the Day

Monday, January 29, 2024 • Tamil Comments
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A riotous incident happened in Paris' Louvre museum on Sunday when protestors of the environmental group Riposte Alimentaire sought after the iconic "Mona Lisa" painting. Demonstrators threw orange-coloured soup on the painting, housed in the "Salle des Etats" room, sparking an evacuation of the area. Luckily enough, since the artwork had been safeguarded by its glass casing, no damage would be reported.

A video prior to the incident had captured the same, which showed protestors presenting their opinion on the priority of art as compared to the right to a diet that is healthy and sustainable.

The museum, therefore, had filed a complaint within an intervention by security staff that happened very promptly. Condemning the same, French Culture Minister Rachida Dati, through the X platform (earlier Twitter), underlined the cultural importance of the "Mona Lisa" and denounced any act targeting the same.

The Louvre management reopened the room that was affected, allowing tourists to view the revered painting. However, such acts of vandalism are not new for the "Mona Lisa," which succeeded in prior incidents with theft as old as 1911, acid attacks in the 1950s, and several other attempts to harm the piece in different ways over the years.

Attacking symbols of cultural heritage dilutes the cause, despite protests serving as a strong vent for discontent. Such actions put in peril artifacts of great historical importance and also turn public opinion against them, inspiring revulsion instead of compassion.

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