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Activist arrested for allegedly defacing Westminster Abbey statue

Tal y como nos cuenta Elena Vozmediano, Fathers 4 Justice siguen con su cometido y acumulan el tercer caso de lo que podría llamarse vandalismo artístico reivindicativo. Esta vez  con una estatua de Westminster Abbey. Obsérvese que ahora los medios de comunicación ya no muestran fotos de la obra ni detalles de los daños.

Fuente: The Guardian


An activist who allegedly defaced a statue at Westminster Abbey in a protest against the family court system will continue to be questioned by police on Monday.

Cheryl Corless, a campaigner for the pressure group Stolen Children of the UK, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after entering the abbey and allegedly spraying the statue on the left hand of the nave, protest group Fathers4Justice said in a statement.

Martin Matthews, a Fathers4Justice campaigner from Great Bookham in Surrey, was also present during the incident but was not arrested, the organisation said.

It is the third protest of its kind in recent weeks and the second in Westminster Abbey itself. Fathers4Justice has encouraged its supporters to take direct action in the spirit of the Suffragettes.

A Fathers4Justice spokesman said: “This was a copycat Suffragette-style protest. Obviously that is the way we are heading at the moment after the two protests on paintings.

“Everyone is celebrating what the Suffragettes did 100 years ago and now we are doing the same type of thing to get equality for fathers in the justice system.

“This protest is about the whole family courts system and the fact that they operate in secret behind closed doors – they are unaccountable and can do whatever they like without the public knowing a thing about it.

“We want to see a transparent and open family court system.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said on Sunday night: “At 7.05pm we were called to reports that a statue had been spray-painted in Westminster Abbey.

“A woman has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and is being held at a central London police station. A man was also present but was not arrested.”

Last week Paul Douglas Manning, 57, a protester thought to be linked to Fathers4Justice, allegedly glued a four-inch photograph of a young boy to John Constable’s masterpiece The Hay Wain in the National Gallery. He has been charged with criminal damage.

Fathers4Justice campaigner Tim Haries allegedly sprayed the word “help” onto a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey on June 13. He has indicated that he will plead not guilty to one count of criminal damage.

On Friday, Fathers4Justice announced that it was abandoning its five-year “attempted engagement with the political establishment” and called on supporters to take “independent weekly direct action”.

John Constable Painting Attacked by Fathers 4 Justice

Paul Douglas Manning, 57 años, de Shieffeld es uno de los miembros de Fathers 4 Justice. Después de haberlo detenido, la policía lo declara como responsable de pegar una fotografía de su hijo sobre la pintura The Hay Wain de John Constable como acto reivindicativo sobre la custodia de su hijo. En de la fotografía, había escrita la palabra “Help” y parece no haber dañado al cuadro. Esta acción ha sido llevada a cabo después de 5 años de intentar recuperar a su hijo por la vía legal y después de convocar a Fathers 4 Justice a llevar a cabo una acción semanal. Esta organización defiende los derechos de los padres desde 2002 y han ganado mucha atención de los medios debido a la naturaleza de sus actos reivindicativos.

El ataque al retrato de Isabel II también se atribuye a uno de los miembros de la misma organización, Tim Haries de 41  años. Tim ya está en trámites con la justicia y parece ser que, pese a la negativa de Manning a colaborar, va a tener que hacer lo mismo o buscar otras vías para que le absuelvan de los cargos criminales.

Hace poco, un artículo en The Guardian especulaba sobre si existe una moda a atacar obras de arte. Y ayer el Huffignston Post incluía unas diapositivas sobre The Art of Vandalism. Parece ser que los ingleses la tienen tomada con el valor económico y simbólico del arte, de modo que en las próximas semanas subiré más material relacionado con esto.

Gracias a Elena Vozmediano por el pase!

Fuente: MailOnline


A man thought to be a campaigner for Fathers 4 Justice has been charged with criminal damage after a picture of a boy was stuck to one of the country’s most famous paintings.

Paul Douglas Manning, 57, from Sheffield, was arrested yesterday after a photograph was stuck to the canvas of John Constable’s The Hay Wain at the National Gallery.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today where he was bailed to appear at Southwark Crown Court on July 12.

The incident comes two weeks after a man, also linked to Fathers 4 Justice, was accused of defacing a portrait of the Queen at Westminster Abbey.

A spokesman from the group, which campaigns for fathers’ custody rights, yesterday claimed responsibility for the latest attack.

In a statement it said it was a ‘final act of desperation’ after a man lost a final appeal in the High Court over custody rights to his son.

Gallery curators said there was ‘no lasting damage’ to the painting, which was completed by Constable in 1821 and shows a hay cart crossing the River Stour near Flatford Mill in Suffolk.

A National Gallery spokesman said: ‘No damage to Constable’s original paint occurred and there is no lasting damage to the painting.

‘We are currently investigating this with the police.’




The painting was due to be put back on display today, she added.

Separately, a court was told yesterday that a Fathers 4 Justice campaigner caused up to £10,000 worth of damage when he allegedly defaced a portrait of the Queen at Westminster Abbey.

Tim Haries, 41, from Doncaster, is accused of daubing the artwork, created for the Diamond Jubilee, with the word ‘help’ after smuggling spray paint into the Abbey on June 13.

The £160,000 painting, called The Coronation Theatre, had only been on show for two weeks.

Haries is due to stand trial after indicated a plea of not guilty to one count of criminal damage at Southwark Crown Court yesterday.

Fathers 4 Justice yesterday called on fathers to take direct action ‘to defend themselves and the 1,000 families a week destroyed in the secret family courts’.

It also said it was refusing to deal with the national media because of ‘inaccurate and misleading reporting’ of its campaign.