Bust of Queen Victoria defaced and sprayed with obscenity in shocking protest | UK | News

Bust of Queen Victoria defaced and sprayed with obscenity in shocking protest | UK | News

Two people have been arrested after a campaign group staged a protest at a popular museum in Scotland.

Posting on social media platform X, the group This Is Rigged, shared footage showing two women defacing a Queen Victoria bust by spray painting « c*** » on to the structure.

The pair also poured porridge and a jar of jam over the marble bust at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow on Sunday morning.

Police were called at around 11.55am after being alerted by members of the public who watched in shock as the sculpture was vandalised.

Turning to the camera after spray painting the obscenity on the bust, the protester said « food is a human right », as they campaigned against the cost of living crisis.

A Police Scotland spokesperson told Express.co.uk: « Around 11.55am on Sunday, 3 March 2024, police were called to a report of a protest and alleged vandalism within Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow.

« Two women, aged 23 and 30 years, have been arrested and charged following the incident. They have been released on an Undertaking to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court at a later date. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. »

Staff at the museum closed the venue and it has since partially reopened. The gallery where the Victoria bust is located remains closed to the public while the damage is assessed.

Campaigners have said a new wave of action is to take place this spring to « take back what’s ours ».

The group are demanding supermarkets to cut their price of baby formula to March 2021 levels.

In the video, one of the campaigners turned to the camera as she told onlookers: « We refuse to be dragged back to the Victorian era. Diseases of starvation including scurvy and rickets are on the rise.

« Freedom begins with breakfast and if you can’t understand that, we’ll shove it in your face. Food is a human right, and we call out the rotten systems under which we are suffering. »

The group cites a recent study that shows that diseases, particularly rickets, which are linked to severe malnutrition, are on a sharp rise in present-day Scotland, with 356 diagnoses in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area in 2022.

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