Activists from the Extinction Rebellion group chained themselves topless in the British Parliament on Thursday in an attempt to expose the “naked truth” about the climate emergency, on the last day of a series of actions that angered the conservative government.
A dozen half-naked women tied themselves to the gates of the Palace of Westminster in London using bicycle locks strapped to their necks. On their chests were written words illustrating the consequences of the climate crisis: “famine”, “displacement (of population)” or even “violence”.
“Now we have your attention,” said one of them, Sarah Mintram.
This action is part of a ten-day mobilization of the environmental movement which ended on Thursday. One of the group’s most spectacular actions was the blockade of printing presses which disrupted newspaper distribution on Saturday and angered the government.
Activists accuse the press, mainly the newspapers of tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp group, of failing to properly report on the “climate and ecological emergency.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a former journalist, found the blockages “completely unacceptable” and Home Secretary Priti Patel compared the association’s activists to “criminals” and promised to end “anarchy in our country. streets ”.