Extinction Rebellion activists spark fury after they hijack the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day in climate change protest and hang wreath saying ‘act now’
Extinction Rebellion activists have hijacked the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day in a ‘truly shameful’ climate change stunt.
Eco-warriors unveiled a banner reading ‘Honour Their Sacrifice, Climate Change Means War’ at the memorial on Whitehall, central London.
Former soldier and XR member Donald Bell led the protest as he held a two-minute silence before hanging a wreath.
Eco-warriors unveiled a banner reading ‘Honour Their Sacrifice, Climate Change Means War’ at the memorial on Whitehall, central London
One person wrote: ‘Truly shameful: Extinction Rebellion have placed a ‘climate change means war’ wreath upon the Cenotaph’
The 64-year-old, who delivered a note to Sir David Attenborough’s house last month, said he wanted to highlight how climate change could cause more wars.
He told the Mirror: ‘This government is criminally negligent and young people today will pay the price for their failure.
‘I did four tours in Northern Ireland. I have been in conflict. I saw good friends – my comrades, who I served with – die.
‘Many of the people who attend the Remembrance Day Service have never seen the horrors of war. I hope they never have to.’
But the stunt was met with fury online as social media users branded the group ‘truly shameful’.
One person wrote: ‘Truly shameful: Extinction Rebellion have placed a ‘climate change means war’ wreath upon the Cenotaph.
‘These privileged prats seem to be doing all they can to turn public opinion against them.’
Another person added: ‘There is a place and a time….and THIS ISN’T IT.
‘Were it not for those who fought & died….these self righteous ‘woke’ extinction rebellion lot wouldn’t even see light or day!
‘IT’S THAT SIMPLE! Hence….’NO RESPECT’.’
Another person wrote: ‘Extinction Rebellion really know how to lose support for their cause.
‘Their members are now designated to the rank of scum. They need a new PR representative.’