Climate activists try to glue themselves to Norway’s ‘The Scream’

Climate activists from Just Stop Oil were apprehended by security at Norway's National Museum when they attempted to glue themselves to the frame of Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' on Friday.

Pictured is the scream.
Three activists were apprehended on Friday after trying to glue themselves to The Scream. Pictured is the scream while on loan in Holland in 2015.-Photo by Bas Cxerwinksi / ANP / AFP

Climate activists tried to glue themselves to Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream” in Oslo on Friday to protest against Norway’s oil industry, but guards intervened and the artwork was undamaged, police said.

“We are at the National Museum after a report from guards there. They have taken control of three people, two of whom tried to glue themselves to a
painting”, police wrote on Twitter. “They did not succeed, but there are traces of glue on the glass case. No reports of damage to the painting.”

The iconic painting from 1893, now a symbol of existential angst, depicts a humanlike figure standing on a bridge, clutching its head in apparent horror against the backdrop of a swirling sky.

The organisation Stop Oil Exploration told Tidens and, a Norwegian culture magazine, that its intention was to “snap people out of their apathy” in order
to “arrive at the conversation we want to have”. Norway is the biggest oil producer in Western Europe.

Protesters have targeted numerous priceless pieces of art in museums across Europe in recent weeks to protest the lack of action against climate change.

Dozens of the world’s top museums issued a joint declaration on Thursday saying environmental activists who attack paintings “severely underestimate” the damage that could be caused.

Scientists told the UN climate summit in Egypt on Friday that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, the main driver of climate change, are on track to rise one percent in 2022 to reach an all-time high

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Norwegian health authorities warn against new online fraud attempts

Several people have reported receiving fake e-mails from fraudsters pretending to work for Helsenorge - Norway's digital health portal - in recent days.

Norwegian health authorities warn against new online fraud attempts

The health authorities encourage people not to click on the links in such e-mails.

Helsenorge will never ask you for your credit information, security codes, or account numbers via e-mail or SMS,” Norsk helsennett – which is charged with ensuring a secure ICT infrastructure for electronic interaction between the actors in the health and care sector – wrote in a press release on Tuesday.

The fake e-mail that some people have received contains a link to a fake website that imitates the ID-authorisation interface, which is used for logging into the Helsenorge site.

Helsenett further noted that the fake e-mails are attempts to steal sensitive information that can be used for acquiring illicit financial gain.

“If you have provided card or code information as requested by such a fake e-mail, block your cards and accounts as soon as possible. If you have provided personal information, know that it can be used for several fraud attempts, so be attentive in the future,” Norsk helsenett warned.

If you have been the victim of fraud in Norway, consult our explainer on the key steps you must go through to safeguard your finances and personal information.