Hundred of protesters campaign against animal cruelty in London

Hundreds of eco protestors descend on Smithfield Market in London holding ‘Meat is Murder’ placards in protest against animal cruelty

  • Animal Rebellion set off from Smithfield Market in Farringdon where they held a rally for speeches 
  • Protestors first stopped at the Unilever headquarters in Blackfriars where speakers Mel Broughton 
  • Climate activists are calling the planned two weeks of disturbances in London the ‘Impossible Rebellion’ 

Hundreds of protesters have gathered in the City of London to campaign against animal cruelty as part of two weeks of planned demonstrations in the capital launched by Extinction Rebellion.

Animal Rebellion, an offshoot of the climate change group, set off from Smithfield Market in Farringdon where they held a rally for speeches before parading through the city.

Protestors included members of the groups Defend Direct Action-Animal Offensive and Camp Beagle, as well as members of a second Extinction Rebellion offshoot, Ocean Rebellion.

London Metropolitan Police confirmed it has arrested 305 people during the protests since Sunday after a week of protests, with more demonstrators were seen being escorted by officers today. 

Animal Rebellion, an offshoot of climate change group Extinction Rebellion, protestors set off from Smithfield Market in Farringdon London today 

Animal Rebellion, an offshoot of climate change group Extinction Rebellion, activists hold up a flare at a protest in London today

Members of Animal Rebellion, an offshoot of climate change group Extinction Rebellion, during a protest outside Smithfield Market in central London today

Climate change demonstrators from environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion continued with their latest round of protests in central London, promising two weeks of disruption

Animal Rebellion protestors parade a giant octopus through the streets of London 

Around 500 marched, holding up banners and signs saying ‘Unite for Animal Justice’, ‘Free the MBR Beagles’ and ‘Meat is Murder’

Climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion hold a National Animal Rights March in London today during the group’s ‘Impossible Rebellion’ series of actions

They played drums and blew whistles, stopping at one point outside Blackfriars station. The protest is about about two miles long

Around 500 marched, holding up banners and signs saying ‘Unite for Animal Justice’, ‘Free the MBR Beagles’ and ‘Meat is Murder’.

The campaigners stopped traffic and were escorted by hundreds of Metropolitan Police and City of London police officers.

They played drums and blew whistles, stopping at one point outside Blackfriars station. The protest is about about two miles long and will include stops at different businesses in the City.

Protestors first stopped at the Unilever headquarters in Blackfriars where speakers included landscape gardener and animal rights activist Mel Broughton and environmentalist Tim Bailey.

The activists, who are calling the planned two weeks of disturbances the ‘Impossible Rebellion’, lofted banners bearing their familiar slogans and many coated up in face paint for the day out. 

Protestors held signs saying ‘it’s not food it’s violence’ and ‘vegan for the animals at the protest in central London today

Campaigners stopped traffic and were escorted by hundreds of Metropolitan Police and City of London police officers

A police officer films an animal rebellion protestor holding a severed cow’s head puppet during the demonstrations in central London

A protestor wears a hat shaped as a dove shielding her face saying ‘act no on climate change’ and ‘stop banking on fossil duels’

Climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion hold a National Animal Rights March at Smithfield Market in London today

It comes as activists claim more people have been inspired to take part in the Extinction Rebellion protest following the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

Liam Geary Baulch, who helped launch Extinction Rebellion in 2018, said the group saw a jump in donations from people after the document was published on August 9.

He said: ‘Last week £100,000 was raised in crowdfunding in just 24 hours ahead of the two weeks of protests in London. 

‘With the IPCC report just coming out, a lot of people have been reignited with the urgency of taking action on the climate and ecological emergency and are aware that, now it’s more safe for everyone to come to London [due to coronavirus restrictions being eased].’ 

Meanwhile Tory MP Nickie Aiken blasted the group for ‘disrupting local businesses’ and pointed out their hypocrisy for leaving ‘120 tonnes of rubbish’ last time.

She also slammed them for the huge costs having to be pumped into policing the two-week event, branding it ‘shocking’. 

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