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Two people have been arrested on suspicion of damaging Stonehenge, the 5,000-year-old landmark in Wiltshire, England on Wednesday.

The protestors who were arrested were 21-year-old Niamh Lynch and 73-year-old Rajan Naidu.

The incident took place a day before the Summer Solstice celebrations is set to be held at the monument.

The protesters claimed that they were part of Just Stop Oil and said that the damage wasn’t permanent as the orange powder paint was cornflour and that it would “wash away with rain”.

The BBC reports that members of the public were heard shouting “no” and seen running to intervene as the protesters ran up to the stone circle at the Unesco World Heritage site.

Even though the incident took place and upset a lot of people, the site is still open to the public.

A spokesperson for English Heritage said the spraying of the monument was “extremely upsetting”. She said the incident won’t affect the annual Summer Solstice celebrations with everything still planned to go ahead on Thursday evening.

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