A DAD started sobbing on camera as he revealed he was “very frightened” for the future of his two young kids at the Extinction Rebellion rallies.
The father-of-two clutched a photograph of his children as he lay on the street during the demonstrations that are taking over the streets of London.
Hundreds of people have taken over the capital’s roads as they demand action on climate change – with the dad saying he was there to stand up for his young childrens’ future.
The dad was lying on the ground when he was asked what his name was, but instead replied: “I’m just a father-of-two children that’s very frightened of their future.”
He then took out a picture showing a little child and baby – holding it up as he wept.
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And it’s only going to continue, with yesterday the first day of a fortnight of action.
Last night Boris Johnson dismissed the protesters as “uncooperative crusties” who should abandon their “hemp-smelling bivouacs” and stop blocking roads.
Speaking at a launch of Charles Moore’s biography about Margaret Thatcher, he said: “The best thing possible for the education of the denizens of the heaving hemp-smelling bivouacs that now litter Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park would be for them to stop blocking the traffic and buy a copy of Charles’s magnificent book so that they can learn about a true feminist, green and revolutionary who changed the world for the better.”
Mr Johnson said he had been advised by his security staff not to attend last night’s book launch “because they said the road was full of uncooperative crusties and protesters of all kinds littering the road”.
The Met Police had arrested 319 activists by midnight – far more than the 122 figure of arrests made during the first day of the April protests.
'SHAMELESS' Extinction Rebellion London protesters blasted as HYPOCRITES for eating McDonald’s for lunch
Activists camped overnight inside the 800-year-old Smithfield Market in London and held a minute’s silence for all the animals which had been butchered there over the years.
But they were branded hypocritical when a number of eco-warriors were seen popping into McDonald’s.
Tory MP Ben Bradley said: “Capitalism is killing us all!! We should stop eating meat!! Right then guys, let’s knock off. Maccy Ds anyone!?”
“The lack of self-awareness is absolutely staggering”.
Londoner Adam Brooks tweeted: “Almost all McDonald’s toys are plastic and wrapped in plastic. They are the poster company of capitalism. They contribute to world litter on a massive scale. The amount of beef they buy worldwide…staggering”.
Broadcaster Piers Morgan slammed the group on Good Morning Britain, saying: “The hypocrisy that comes with these people…they went to McDonald’s for lunch.
“They are shameless hypocrites going to the epicentre of mass produced food”.
Among the activists in Trafalgar Square were celebrities including model Daisy Lowe, comedian Ruby Wax and actors Juliet Stevenson and Mark Rylance.
In a speech to the crowd, Rylance said: “The collapse of society is certain.”
Specialist officers cut some of the protesters out of a car parked outside the Ministry of Defence.
Two women were married on Westminster Bridge at a ceremony watched by about 100 protesters who sang hymns and said a prayer.
But not everyone was pleased with the day of action – with some arguing the UK was cutting carbon emissions faster than any other G7 nation.
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Over the next fortnight protesters will also target London City Airport, which they will attempt to hold for three days.
Those behind the protest admitted their action could have an impact on St Thomas’s hospital, which sits on the opposite bank of the Thames from the Houses of Parliament.
When asked whether they were worried about disruption at the hospital, activist Savannah Lovelock said that they were “really sorry…but we are running out of time”.
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