Extinction Rebellion London protesters blasted as HYPOCRITES for eating McDonald’s for lunch during eco-shutdown

Extinction Rebellion London protesters blasted as HYPOCRITES for eating McDonald’s for lunch during eco-shutdown

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EXTINCTION Rebellion London protesters have been blasted as “hypocrites” after they were pictured queuing up in McDonald’s as they brought the capital to a standstill.

Londoners are braced for a second day of travel hell today after the climate change activists closed major roads and bridges on the first day of a fortnight of action.

Climate change activists were criticised after they were spotted in McDonald’s
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Protesters camped overnight inside Smithfield Market
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Vegan activists staged a sit-in protest at Smithfield Market in London
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Protesters 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.

However 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”.

Police surround a protester in Trafalgar Square
Police surround a protester in Trafalgar Square last night
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Extinction Rebellion protesters lie in the street outside Westminster Abbey
Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked the street outside Westminster Abbey on Monday night
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Protesters set up tents last night in Trafalgar Square
Protesters set up tents last night in Trafalgar Square
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These signs were draped in on statues in Trafalgar Square last night
These signs were draped on statues in Trafalgar Square last night
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A Protester holds up a placard saying "Rise UP, Extinction Rebellion" on Westminster Bridge
A protester held up a placard saying ‘Rise UP, Extinction Rebellion’ on Westminster Bridge last night
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Extinction Rebellion protesters pitch tents in the road near Westminster Abbey
Extinction Rebellion protesters slept in tents in the road overnight near Westminster Abbey
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Eco-warriors dance as night falls after the first day of Extinction Rebellion October protests
Eco-warriors danced as night fell after the first day of the Extinction Rebellion October protests
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Extinction Rebellion environmental activists walk away under a tent structure after Police threatened to take it from at a site
Extinction Rebellion environmental activists walk away under a tent structure after Police threatened to take it from at a site
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Extinction Rebellion left large areas of Central London in chaos yesterday.

There were fewer protesters than the 30,000 forecast but they set up roadblocks on Westminster and Lambeth Bridges, Victoria Street, Whitehall, Horse Guards Road and The Mall.

They plan to grind the city over the next fortnight in a move that will stop people getting to work, making hospital appointments and hit businesses.

Messages seen on Telegram suggest the activists are expanding their operation to East London.

The Met Police had arrested 280 activists by 9.30pm last night – more than double the 122 figure of arrests made during the first day of the April protests.

It marked a tougher stance from the police who had come under fire in April when they were filmed larking around with activists on Waterloo Bridge who had caused travel misery to ordinary Londoners.

One of the arrested included 81-year-old Quaker Sarah Lasenby, a retired social worker from Oxford.

She said: “I was so relieved to have something I could do about the ghastly state we have got our planet in”.

Protesters play music as they continue to block roads near Westminster
Protesters played music as they continued to block roads near Westminster
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Protesters block roads and set up camp for the night in Westminster
Protesters blocked roads and set up camp for the night in Westminster
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Protesters carry banner with the words 'This Is Change' on Westminster Bridge
Protesters carried this banner with the words ‘This Is Change’ on Westminster Bridge
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Environmental activists projected this image on the Houses of Parliament over night
Environmental activists projected this image on to the Houses of Parliament last night
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Activists tried to set up an action site with bamboo this morning on Westminster Bridge
Activists tried to set up an action site with bamboo yesterday morning on Westminster Bridge
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Celebrities Daisy Lowe, Jamie Winstone, Emily Sonnet sit with each other during today's Extinction Rebellion Protest
Celebrities Daisy Lowe, Jamie Winstone, Emily Sonnet sit with each other during yesterday’s Extinction Rebellion Protest
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Last night Boris Johnson tore into the eco-warriors, branding them “importunate nose-ringed climate change protesters”.

Blasting Extinction Rebellion activists as “uncooperative crusties”, the PM called on them to abandon their “hemp-smelling bivouacs” to allow the capital to function smoothly again.

Mr Johnson was speaking at the launch in London of the third volume of Margaret Thatcher’s biography by the former editor of The Daily Telegraph, Charles Moore.

He said the former prime minister had taken the issue of greenhouse gases seriously long before 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was born.

Mr Johnson 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”.

Model Daisy Lowe attends the Extinction Rebellion protest in London
Model Daisy Lowe attends the Extinction Rebellion protest in London
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Ruby Wax and Juliet Stevenson sit together on Westminster Bridge as part of today's Extinction Rebellion protest
Ruby Wax and Juliet Stevenson sat together on Westminster Bridge as part of yesterday’s Extinction Rebellion protest
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British actress Juliet Stevenson sits with activists gathered on Westminster Bridge
British actress Juliet Stevenson sat with activists gathered on Westminster Bridge
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Mark Rylance speaking to crowds today during today's Extinction Rebellion protests
Mark Rylance speaking to crowds during yesterday’s Extinction Rebellion protests
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One protester is carried away by police after they were taken off the scaffolding
One protester was carried away by police after they were taken off the scaffolding
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An Extinction Rebellion protester was led away by cops during the mass protest
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Boris Johnson branded the protesters as 'crusties' during a book launch
Boris Johnson branded the protesters as ‘crusties’ during a book launch
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Activists attached themselves to a car in Trafalgar Square today
Activists attached themselves to a car in Trafalgar Square yesterday
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Police cutting the metal pole off a man's arm after he locked himself to it in Whitehall
Police cutting the metal pole off a man’s arm after he locked himself to it in Whitehall
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A protester dressed in a leopard-print leotard is carried away by police
A protester dressed in a leopard-print leotard was carried away by police
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Tents are set up for the night by climate activists at St James's Park
Tents are set up for the first night of a fortnight of protests by climate activists at St James’s Park
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Police were seen cutting Extinction Rebellion protesters out of a car parked outside the Ministry of Defence
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Police surround the eco-warrior who barricaded himself in a car in central London
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An Extinction Rebellion protester was led away by police yesterday in central London
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Protesters yesterday shut down roads around Parliament and Whitehall.

A funeral hearse with “our future” painted on a coffin inside was used to block the road at Trafalgar Square.

Inside the driver had chained his head to the car using a bike lock as two others locked themselves under the wheels.

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.

An impromptu cricket game was held outside the Supreme Court on Parliament Square and yoga classes took place on Westminster bridge.

Phil Kingston, 83, sprays a stencil slogan on the wall of the building housing the Treasury during the Extinction Rebellion protest
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The 83-year-old was led away by officers after spraying the stencil slogan on the wall
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Tasmin (left) and Melissa embrace after they received a blessing ahead of their wedding day, surrounded by activists from the climate change group
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The protester handcuffed themselves to the car
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A cloth covers the head of a climate change activist who had barricaded himself to a car
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A climate change activist smears Marmite on his body as he demonstrates on Lambeth Bridge in central London
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A man dressed as homeless Santa lays on the ground at Millbank
A man dressed as homeless Santa lays on the ground at Millbank
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Demonstrators played a game of cricket in Westminster
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Police officers detain an activist at Lambeth Bridge early on Monday morning
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Police were seen patting down a protester in central London
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Protesters struggle to prevent their equipment being confiscated by police from a van during the occupation of Westminster Bridge
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Angry Londoners blasted the activists for targeting the capital again, despite the UK cutting carbon emissions faster than any other G7 nation.

The travel chaos forced pensioner Tony, 65, from Vauxhall, to take two buses and two Tubes to get to St Thomas’s hospital after his normal route was blocked by the eco-warriors.

The OAP has two broken bones in his foot and had to struggle across Westminster Bridge on his crutches to reach the hospital.

Tony, who didn’t want to give his surname, told the Sun Online: “It’s disgraceful. It’s a pity they got rid of Boris Johnson’s water cannons”.

Michael Coleman, from South London, said: “Extinction Rebellion are causing needless aggravation in London today. Crazy…they’ve got nothing better to do than frustrate people and cause needless chaos”.

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”.

But protesters did stand aside to allow ambulances responding to emergencies to pass.

In July, one man missed his father’s dying moments because Extinction Rebellion had blocked roads in the city.

The monarch could also be affected as the Queen’s Speech takes place on October 14 and is on a route which could have its access blocked.

WORLDWIDE ACTION

Major events are also taking place around the world in Australia, in Europe – in Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam – and in the US in New York and Washington DC.

Extinction Rebellion is calling on the Government declare a climate and ecological emergency, act immediately to halt wildlife loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.

Earlier in the year, Parliament declared a climate and environment emergency and the Government has passed a law to cut emissions to net zero by 2050, far later than the activists are demanding.

The group staged 11 days of protests in London in April that disrupted public transport and roads.


On Thursday Extinction Rebellion activists used a fire engine to hose red liquid at the Treasury to draw attention to what they said was the government’s failure to avert climate disaster.

Last week the Met warned that the protests were taking officers away from other vital roles in the capital including tackling knife crime and domestic violence.

More resources have been used policing climate change protest than focusing on terror, it was said.

An activist lies on the ground on the first day of a fortnight of disruption
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A protester sits in a police van after being taken away by police in Westminster
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Copy of the Trident missile is parked in front of the Ministry of Defence
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Climate change activists chain their hands together on the ground
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Cops were seen taking a tougher stance – compared to April when an officer was caught skateboarding on Waterloo Bridge as protesters shut down London
Protesters are lying under a trailer parked in the middle of the road at Trafalgar Square
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A hearse was driven onto Trafalgar Square and one protester locked his head to the steering wheel with a bike lock
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Police dismantle the Extinction Rebellion stage on Westminster Bridge
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A police officer takes away cooking equipment from an Extinction Rebellion roadblock on Millbank
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A protester smiles as he was arrested and led away by police in Birdcage Walk in Westminster
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Protesters took a boat out on the River Thames during yesterday’s day of action
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Climate change activists block The Mall as they demonstrate near Buckingham Palace
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Climate change activists chain themselves together on Victoria Street, outside Westminster Abbey
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