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Extinction Rebellion Australia protester on gluing his hand to a Picasso painting in Melbourne

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Two protesters involved in a ‘dangerous and ugly’ climate stunt risking a priceless Picasso painting talk about bizarre action, with one of them admitting they would ‘absolutely’ do it again.

Retired teacher and grandfather of five, Extinction Rebellion Australia (ERA) demonstrator Tony Gleason, 59, affixed his hands to the frame of Picasso’s massacre in Korea at the National Gallery of Victoria on Sunday.

The painting last sold in 2015 for US179 million ($A280 million).

On Monday, Mr Gleason said he did not regret his actions and would happily do a similar stunt again.

“The decision was not taken lightly,” he told Melbourne Radio 3AW host Neil Mitchell.

‘It was carefully planned and involved more than two of us.

‘There was a lot of security there so we took that into account, we prepared for it long and hard.

‘This is a very serious matter, we are facing a climate and ecological emergency.’

Extinction Rebellion Australia defender Tony Gleeson (above) said he would ‘absolutely’ do dangerous stunts again after being arrested for sticking his hand in a Picasso painting

Mr Gleason was arrested on Sunday for stunting at the National Gallery of Victoria along with two other protesters

Mr Gleason was arrested on Sunday for stunting at the National Gallery of Victoria along with two other protesters

Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman Katherine Strong apologized for the “inconvenient” stunt on Monday.

‘People may believe we’re stupid to do what they want and maybe we’re stupid, who knows? We believe this is the kind of thing that is uncomfortable for people, we don’t like to do this kind of work with people – we feel bad about it and we’re sorry,’ Ms Strong told ABC Melbourne Radio. told.

Mr Gleason said he ‘hoped’ he and other protesters would be charged for the protests that put several million paintings at risk, adding that all the finer details of his plot would be ‘revealed in court’ Will go

“We accept responsibility for what we did … we will do what is necessary nonviolently, where we need to be,” he said.

He said his group knew there was a protective frame on the painting at the time of the protest.

Overall, Mr. Gleason said the protest was successful and drew attention to the cause of the ERA.

An expert was brought in to remove Mr. Gleason and another woman from the Picasso massacre in Korea

An expert was brought in to remove Mr. Gleason and another woman from the Picasso massacre in Korea

‘We have media from all over the world in response, so yes, I think on all accounts it should be considered a success,’

‘In doing so, we have created problems for many people.

‘To be successful in this job you have to disrupt people and yesterday some people were interrupted where we prefer not to do it but we understand the urgency of the situation means it is needed.’

The protest has raised questions about the safety of Australia’s art galleries and means international curators may be hesitant to send their pieces in the future.

Asked whether he realized the danger to Australia’s arts industry, Mr Gleason urged curators to treat their protest as a feat of planning and skill rather than a flaw in safety.

Mr Gleason does not regret his actions which could have a huge impact on Australia's art industry

Mr Gleason does not regret his actions which could have a huge impact on Australia’s art industry

Mr Gleason was arrested along with a 49-year-old woman who had also stuck her hand in a glass pane.

An expert was brought in to remove his hands without damaging the painting.

The pair stood on either side of the 1951 piece with each hand affixed to the glass and a banner with ‘Climate Anarchy = War + Famine’ written on top.

A cameraman livestreamed Mr. Gleason and the woman on Facebook as they attached themselves to the painting and began screaming.

The demonstration was the latest in the organization’s calendar of disruptive demonstrations planned for ‘Spring Rebellion ’22.

Sunday’s risky protest was not advertised on the calendar.

Extinction Rebellion is notorious for its disruptive protests, with advocates burning the Australian flag outside a parliament building, a mechanical burning koala prop wheel through Melbourne and hung along the Brisbane Story Bridge in a hammock Is.

Upcoming events on the group’s spring calendar include a protest in the logging area, a parade, a ‘disruptive’ event in Melbourne’s CBD and a blockade of the Yarra River.

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