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Two figures, part of the Chinese Terracotta Army exhibition in the British Museum, wear face masks in London, Oct. 15, 2007.
本月十五日,兩尊在倫敦大英博物館展覽的中國陶製兵馬俑被戴上口罩。 照片:美聯社


A man hopped over security barriers in the British Museum and attached surgical masks to the faces of two Chinese terracotta warriors in an attempt to criticize China's response to its pollution problems, a spokeswoman said last week.

Security guards stopped the man and escorted him away after alarms sounded, British Museum spokeswoman Hannah Boulton said. The man was not arrested and the statues were not damaged.

The popular exhibition, which pre-sold 200,000 tickets and raked in more than £2 million (NT$132.7 million) in advance sales alone, includes 19 human figures selected from the more than 7,000 statues discovered in 1974 near the tomb of the emperor Qin Shihuang.

The museum used a novel approach in exhibiting the statues, allowing patrons to get extremely close and stand almost face to face with the commanding, life-size figures of warriors, archers, horses, musicians, acrobats and a charioteer.

"Part of the point of the exhibit is to see the statues up close," Boulton said.

The environmental protester stepped over a knee-high barrier to attach the masks with the word "CO2," or carbon dioxide. The movement near the statue triggered a silent alarm at the museum's security nerve center, but not before the masks were placed on two of the warriors.

Greenpeace and other environmental activists have criticized China for its environmental policies. China recently surpassed the US as the world's largest greenhouse gas emitter, according to a June report by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.

The protester, who has been identified as Martin Wyness, 49, was visiting the exhibit with his two daughters aged seven and 14. Mr Wyness has been banned for life from visiting the British Museum.(Staff writer with AP)


Pete: Did you hear about that stunt that guy pulled off at the British Museum?

Amy: Yeah. I'm in two minds about it. On the one hand there's no denying that China needs to clean up its act ...

Pete: Too right!

Amy: But on the other, people might not be allowed so close to the exhibits in the future, which seems a shame.

Pete: Yes. It's a tricky one.






in two minds about (something)(對某事)猶疑不決

You can say that you are in two minds about something if you haven't made up your mind about how you feel about it, especially if you hold two opposing views.

「in two minds about something」表示你還沒有決定你對某事的立場,尤其可以用在你有兩種對立的看法時。










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