Vegan activists blocked a road near Westminster on 14 February with a Valentine’s-themed protest. At the same time, climate activists carried out a Valentine’s Day protest at Luton Airport.
Activists from the group Animal Rebellion lit flares as they sat at a table with a candelabra and champagne flutes on Westminster Bridge in central London. One wore a mask with the face of prime minister Rishi Sunak, in a protest against government subsidies for animal farming and fishing. At the same time, other activists sat on the road with placards.
The group tweeted:
It called for a “plant-based future” instead.
Where is the love in animal farming?
Where is the love in a food system that prioritises feeding "livestock" over people?
Where is the love in a food system contributing to climate destruction and ecological collapse?
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— Animal Rebellion (@RebelsAnimal) February 14, 2023
Police said they arrested five activists for blocking the road and a sixth person for assaulting a protester.
The activist group posted a video showing several men roughly pulling away the protesters and dragging them along the ground as a crowd watched and drivers honked horns. Meanwhile, a police officer grappled with a man after he pulled one protester to the side of the road.
Animal Rebellion began as a sister organisation to Extinction Rebellion (XR) climate campaigners. It has freed laboratory test dogs, occupied dairy delivery depots, and blockaded the UK plant for McDonald’s burger patties.
On the same day as the Animal Rebellion protest, XR activists blocked entrances to private jet terminals at Luton Airport. In a press release, the group said it had:
blockaded the entrances to Luton Airport’s Harrods Aviation and Signature private jet terminals to demand the government take urgent action to ban private jets, tax frequent flyers and make wealthy polluters pay
BREAKING: XR block private jet terminals at Luton Airport this #ValentinesDay
The UK Gov needs to ban private jets, tax frequent flyers, and make wealthy polluters pay.
Valentine's Day shouldn't cost the earth. pic.twitter.com/9bwmWYoqlN
— Extinction Rebellion UK 🌍 (@XRebellionUK) February 14, 2023
XR said the action came as part of the wider Make Them Pay campaign. The initiative, led by XR, Scientist Rebellion, and Stay Grounded, also led people to disrupt a private jet conference in Brussels on 14 February.
Featured image via Animal Rebellion/Twitter
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