Extinction Rebellion activists sought to paint a grim picture of harm being caused to the planet. (AP: Alastair Grant)
A plan by climate change activists to use a decommissioned fire engine to spray 1,800 litres of fake blood at the facade of the British finance ministry did not go smoothly.
- Extinction Rebellion are known for protests around London
- Four people were arrested after the stunt
- The activists also sprayed the slogan “Stop funding climate death” on the walls of the British Treasury building
Video of the activists show them standing on the fire engine and starting to spray the liquid.
However, they couldn’t control the powerful hose and it blindly turned on the activists after being dropped on the ground.
Following the flawed stunt on Thursday, four activists stood atop the fire engine in silent protest, bearing a banner saying: “Stop funding climate death”. The steps of the Treasury were soaked in red paint.
@DavidSamFrancis: Extinction Rebellion’s plan to spray 1,800 litres of fake blood on the treasury did not get off to the best start
Extinction Rebellion said its activists had sprayed 1,800 litres of fake blood at the Treasury.
The activists also sprayed the slogan “Stop funding climate death” on the walls of the building. British police later arrested two people.
Extinction Rebellion said it staged the protest to show “the inconsistency between the UK government’s insistence that the UK is a world leader in tackling climate breakdown, and the vast sums it pours into fossil fuel exploration and carbon-intensive projects”.
The liquid was water coloured with food dye, it added.
Cleaning up the scene, police puzzled over what to do with the fire engine as the driver had removed the keys.
The fire engine was purchased on eBay, the activists told Reuters.
On Twitter, the group were hosed down with criticism for wasting water and using a diesel engine, while others turned the incident into memes.