Naked protesters disrupt Commons proceedings

Extinction Rebellion House of Commons

Extinction Rebellion activists disrupted proceedings by flashing MPs from the public gallery. Image: James Heappey MP

Monday, April 1, 2019

Climate protesters disrupted proceedings in the Commons by flashing MPs from the public gallery during today's debate.

Dressed just in underwear and sporting slogans painted on their bodies, the 11 activists pressed themselves against the public gallery windows during Labour MP Peter Kyle’s address to the Commons.

Mr Kyle continued his address amid gasps and giggles from the MPs in the Chamber, although he did encourage them to look in his direction “rather than the other direction”.

Activist Mark Øvland said: "We are impelled to act in this way because the most important and pressing issue of our time is being flagrantly and recklessly ignored by our government and media. 

"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."  

Several doorkeepers attempted to remove the protesters but they remained in position for several minutes before police began carrying the activsts from the chamber. 

Speaker John Bercow told MPs to ignore the demonstration and continue with the debate.

Claiming responsibility for the protest on Twitter, the Extinction Rebellion group said they wanted to draw attention to the “elephant in the room” of climate change.

The campaign group has performed similar high-profile stunts, including blocking London’s bridges and pouring fake blood outside Downing Street.

 

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