Two protesters from Just Stop Oil organisation were stopped by the security staff in a struggle as they climbed into the “Dippy the Dinosaur” display at Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.
Footage published online by the eco-activists shows Daniel Knorr, 21, and Victoria Lindsell, 67, climb over the barrier before security staff wearing high-vis jackets bring them down.
One security guard is seen shouting: “Stop it, stop it now, do you understand?” Another takes Ms Lindsell’s rucksack.
Both protesters remove their jumpers to show white “Just Stop Oil” t-shirts underneath.
It was the latest in a series of attempts by Just Stop Oil activists to disrupt public exhibitions, including when a woman threw tomato soup on Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
West Midlands Police officers arrested the activists and led them away afterwards.
A spokesperson confirmed that officers had arrested two people on suspicion of criminal damage, adding that “two large bags of dry paint were also seized by officers”.
A spokesperson for Just Stop Oil said: “Two supporters of Just Stop Oil were arrested at the Herbert Museum in Coventry this morning whilst demanding that the government stop all new UK fossil fuel projects and calling on employees and directors of UK cultural institutions to join in civil resistance against the government’s genocidal policies.”
(Image: Just Stop Oil)
(Video: Just Stop Oil)