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Five Just Stop Oil activists spray-paint the wall and attach themselves to the picture frame. Last Supper Tuesday at the Royal Academy in London.

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Five Just Stop Oil activists spray-paint the wall and attach themselves to the picture frame. Last Supper Tuesday at the Royal Academy in London.

In images via Christian Bass/Getty Images

Armed with sticks of glue and spray paint, protesters marched through an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in London, demanding more government action on climate change.

A group of at least five Just Stop Oil activists spray-painted “No New Oil” under the paint. Copy of Leonardo’s Last Supper They glued their hands to the frame. The painting depicts a scene from the Bible when Jesus had his last supper with his twelve apostles and one of them said he would betray him. A 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece is said to be attributed to Leonardo da Vinci’s student Giampitrino, and was also worked on by painter Giovanni Antonio Boltrafio.

Protesters who targeted the painting on Tuesday demanded that their country’s government commit to an immediate halt to all new oil and gas licenses in the UK, according to a video clip showing the protest. They called on members of the country’s art institutions to support “peaceful civil protest”. Just Stop Oil said in a statement.