Extinction Rebellion staged protest at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day

Source: Creative Commons

As the country falls into a two-minute silence to remember those who fought during World War I, Extinction Rebellion has staged a protest at the Cenotaph on Whitehall.

This morning, several members of Extinction Rebellion protested at the Cenotaph on Armistice Day. The protest started at 8 am, three hours before the national two-minute silence.

The protesters laid a wreath reading “Act Now” at the Cenotaph, whilst holding a banner reading: “Honour their sacrifice – climate change means war.”

The chair of the Defence Select Committee, Tobias Ellwood told the Telegraph that the protesters risk turning the public from their cause.

“The importance of what the Cenotaph stands for is that pivotal and iconic representation of the sacrifice that has been given for the freedoms we enjoy today,” Mr Ellwood said.

The stunt has resulted in several negative reactions on Twitter:

At the centre of the protest, a 64-year-old veteran and protester, Donald Bell said he was aware of the backlash he may receive after today’s actions.

He said: “Remembrance Day is never an easy time for veterans and this was not an easy decision for me to make.

“But I served this country, I served the people of this country and the action I took today is about just that. Unchecked climate change means a return to a world at war. I cannot stand by and let that happen. It is my duty to act.”

According to the Telegraph, Extinction Rebellion did not plan the protest but a small group of members pulled the stunt.

Words: Sam Tabahriti | Subbing: Leah Trimmer 

Accessibility | Cookies | Terms of use and privacy