Ed Miliband's Reaction To Extinction Rebellion's Naked Parliament Protest Is Priceless
A group of protesters stripped off in the House of Commons yesterday as MPs debated Brexit and Ed Miliband's reaction was absolutely priceless.
The Extinction Rebellion activists stood semi-naked in a bid to 'point out the real elephant in the room', which they cited as 'climate breakdown and ecological collapse', and it caused quite the commotion - so much so, Ed Miliband's eyes nearly popped out of his head.
The British politician looked up to the public gallery as MP Peter Kyle tactfully joked about the activity in his 'peripheral vision' before mentioning the 'naked truth' - great work, sir.
The protesters stripped down to their underwear and attempted to glue their hands to the glass of the gallery.
According to Sky News, 12 people were arrested on suspicion of outraging public decency.
Scotland Yard said officers were sent in an attempt to 'negotiate' with the activists, before adding: "Twelve arrests have been made for outraging public decency."
Parliament just got a little bit more nuts! pic.twitter.com/znZa5AndUu
- James Heappey MP (@JSHeappey) April 1, 2019
Direct action group Extinction Rebellion claimed responsibility for the protest on Facebook, posting: "XR activists strip politics bare in the House of Commons, and point out the real elephant in the room: climate breakdown and ecological collapse."
Speaking to the Press Association, protester and English Literature student Savannah said: "Everyone stripped and two people were elephants and had 'climate crisis' written on them. We were pointing at them as the elephants in the room of the Brexit debate.
"Personally I don't care that much about Brexit. I think it's fine that people do but I think there are bigger things right now."
Police question Extinction Rebellion activists after 14 strip off in the House of Commons to say climate & ecological collapse is the 'elephant in the room'. It's time to act in the name of all we hold dear. Join us on 14 April for the International Rebellion #ExtinctionRebellion pic.twitter.com/uzEq7Fsu2l
- Extinction Rebellion :bee::hourglass::bee: (@ExtinctionR) April 1, 2019
Another Extinction Rebellion member, Nuala Gathercole-Lam, added: "It's a crazy thing to do but the situation is crazy - there is no Brexit on a dead planet."
Sky News reported that two of the activists wore full grey body paint and elephant masks with the words 'Climate justice act now' and 'eco collapse' written on their bodies.
Activist Mark Ovland told the broadcasters: "By undressing in parliament, we are putting ourselves in an incredibly vulnerable position, highlighting the vulnerability that all of us share in the face of environmental and societal breakdown.
"There is an elephant in the room and it is demanding attention."
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