A Congolese activist and four others go on trial in France’s capital, Paris, on Wednesday for trying to take an African funeral staff from France’s indigenous art museum. The AFP reports that it was part of a protest against colonial-era plundering. Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza and four others are charged with attempted group theft of a historical object and could face up to 10 years in prison and $176,000 in fines. The charges stem from an incident in June when the 41-year-old activist went to the Branly museum and removed a 19th-century funeral staff from Chad and paraded it around the building. Since then he has staged similar operations at other museums.