Two activists were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after the waters of the fountains in Trafalgar Square were dyed red blood.
Animal Rebellion says the coronavirus crisis was caused by eating meat and activists have called for an end to the “climate-destroying and destructive industries” that they claim have caused the pandemic.
Protesters held up signs saying “the government has blood on their hands” as they paddled on their knees in the red waters today.
The photographs show an activist standing on her knees in the red water wearing a facial mask and a pink sign.
She was then approached by metropolitan police officers who removed her from the fountains before escorting her.
The waters of the fountains in Trafalgar Square have been dyed red by activists who claim that the coronavirus crisis could have been avoided by becoming vegan
Protesters held up signs saying “the government has blood on their hands” as they paddled on their knees in the red waters today
Photographs show activist standing on her knees in red water wearing a mask and holding a pink sign
Animal Rebellion has claimed the death of the waters of the fountains in Trafalgar Square
London Metropolitan Police said: “Two people were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage following an incident at the Trafalgar Square fountains earlier today.
“They remain in detention. ”
Animal Rebellion tweeted, “Animal Rebellion has now dyed the fountains in Trafalgar Square red, symbolizing the blood that is in the hands of the British government.
“We are here today to demand that the government prevent future pandemics by ending farming and moving to a plant-based food system.
“This crisis could have been avoided. Science tells us that 3 out of 4 new infectious diseases are of animal origin.
“The British government must protect people, not support climate-destroying and exploitative industries.”
She was then approached by metropolitan police officers who told her about the fountains before escorting her
Animal Rebellion Dyed the Waters Red as They Called for an End to the “Climate Destructive and Exploiting Industries,” Which They Say Caused the Pandemic
Stephanie Zupan, a representative of Animal Rebellion, said, “The government must now begin a transition to a plant-based food system, or risk future zoonotic pandemics of catastrophic proportions. “
Animal Rebellion said the action was coordinated with protests in 20 cities, including Bristol, Brighton and New York.
Kieran Blyth, another group representative, said, “These unsatisfactory and dangerous measures will only increase the risk of future pandemics.
“The government is playing with the potential for tens of thousands more deaths. “