Sometimes even good intentions turn to be harmful. A good illustration of this is a group of French youths who decided to do something good and clean graffiti from a cave. However, the “graffiti” was actually prehistoric paintings of great value.
Officials and cultural authorities planned to file an official complaint in response to the incident, which destroyed paintings up to 15,000 years old. However, the club that is responsible for the cleaning campaign claimed that officials are responsible because they hadn’t designated the site of the paintings as an historical treasure and hadn’t taken measures to protect them from damage.
About 70 young activists took part in the cleaning. They went down into the Mayrieres cave in south-western France and used steel brushes to remove graffiti. However, before they realized what they were doing, the youngsters had damaged part of the ancient cave paintings.