Extinction Rebellion protesters have doused the steps in Trafalgar Square with fake blood to show solidarity with the indigenous people dying of Covid-19 in Brazil.
The group – also known as XR – dyed London's famous fountains bright and red with food coloring in their protest to mark International Day of Indigenous Peoples of the World.
Protesters lay on the soaked steps, pretending to be dead, while a banner reading "Indigenous Emergency" was held in the background.
Some held signs reading “Genocide = Ecocide” and “Indigenous Emergency” during the protest, which Metro said was also attended by demonstrators of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), the HS2 Rebellion and the Internationalist Solidarity Network.
They wanted to raise awareness of the number of indigenous people in Brazil – the second most severely affected country in the world – who are dying from Covid-19.
Extinction Rebellion protesters have doused the steps in Trafalgar Square with fake blood to show solidarity with the indigenous people dying of Covid-19 in Brazil
The group – also known as XR – also dyed London's famous fountains bright yellow in their protest to mark International Day of the World's Indigenous People
The group used food coloring to dye the fountain fluorescent yellow during their protest in Trafalgar Square, London today
Protesters lay on the soaked steps, pretending to be dead, while a banner reading "Indigenous Emergency" was held in the background
The fountain was also colored red with food coloring. Amazed spectators watched the water change color around them
The protesters pretended to be dead as they lay on the steps of Trafalgar Square. The protest was International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
In front of the blood-soaked steps in Trafalgar Square in London, protesters held a banner that read "Genocide = Ecocide"
There are more than three million coronavirus cases and more than 100,000 deaths in Brazil – with fears that disadvantaged areas such as indigenous communities could spread faster.
Health experts fear that the coronavirus could wipe out indigenous communities in Brazil altogether.
The elders of the ward are most at risk of dying from the virus. Experts say this will lead to "chaos" as elders offer wisdom and social organization.
To combat the outbreak, members of some communities are breaking up into smaller groups equipped with hunting supplies to await the outbreak in isolation.
The fountains were also colored red by demonstrators today. A woman can be seen splashing in the water during the protest
Protesters in red dresses and veils climbed the steps of Trafalgar Square as people pretended to be dead
Protesters lounged on the steps of Trafalgar Square as they protested in the blazing sun as temperatures rose again today
The researcher at the Federal University of São Paulo, Dr. Sofia Mendonça told BBC News: “There is an incredible risk that the virus will spread to local communities and wipe them out.
“Everyone gets sick and you lose all old people, their wisdom and social organization. It's chaos. & # 39;
Extinction Rebellion has wreaked havoc in the capital during various protests over the past two years.
Just last month, a study found that supporters of the Extinction Rebellion in protests last year were mostly highly educated women from southern England.
Research shows that the Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists who stalled London last year had a much broader and more diverse age profile than previous protests against direct environmental actions.
Scientists from the University of Exeter, Keele University and Aston University found that around 64 percent of the protesters at the April demonstration and 56 percent of the protesters at the October demonstration were women.
The team interviewed 303 people and received 232 mailed questionnaires back from demonstrators. They also participated in trials for 144 XR activists charged with minor public order violations.
A new study found that Extinction Rebellion supporters are most likely to be middle-class, well-educated southern women. The study looked at the demos in London last year
The climate activist group has prominent supporters, including actress Emma Thompson (pictured) and model Lily Cole, who were seen at hunger strike protesters in December
The study found that around 85 percent of those taking part in the London campaign last year had a degree and a third had a postgraduate degree.
Two thirds identified themselves as middle class, while a high proportion were self-employed, part-time employees or students.
Three quarters of those charged with crime lived below the Severn Wash Line, traditionally separating the north and south of England.
The investigation also found that XR activists were largely non-metropolitan. A third of those who appeared in court were from the West Country, with hotspots in Stroud, Totnes and Frome.
This was in contrast to the six percent who appeared in court and were from Birmingham, Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Bradford, Sheffield, Glasgow, Swansea and Cardiff combined.
Professor Clare Saunders of the University of Exeter said, “Our analysis shows that one of the strengths of the Extinction Rebellion has been to involve people who are not natural protesters, and perhaps even less natural law breakers, but who were already convinced of the truth and frustrated with it Inability of politicians and lifestyle conservationists to bring about change.
"By mobilizing this group, Extinction Rebellion has significantly increased the number of people willing to take direct action on the environment, broadened the age profile and put nonviolent direct action on climate change at the center of political life in Britain."
Extinction Rebellion is a global environmental movement that seeks to use nonviolent civil disobedience to enforce government action to combat climate change.
In April last year, more than 1,000 activists were arrested after protesters occupied four locations across London, blocked roads, cut a railway line and protested at Heathrow.
Extinction Rebellion activists glued themselves to a DLR train in Canary Wharf during citywide protests last April
In October, demonstrators sprayed 1,800 liters of fake blood with a disused fire engine on the front of the London Treasury and held banners reading “STOP FUNDING CLIMATE DEATH”.
The group has been endorsed by celebrities since its profile grew, including actresses like Emma Thompson and British models Lily Cole and Daisy Lowe.
The study, published yesterday and funded by the Center for Understanding Sustainable Wealth, found that XR supporters were more likely to be new to the protest than other environmental activists as first-time protesters, with 10 percent of those who attended in April 2019.
The majority of the protesters surveyed said they identified themselves most closely with the Green Party at 59.1 percent, while 15.5 percent said they supported the Labor Party.
Researchers say that among Extinction Rebellion activists, there was almost no support for the Conservative Party and very little for the Liberal Democrats.
Professor Brian Doherty of Keele University said, “We have found that Extinction Rebellion activists are much more likely to vote and be members of political parties than the general population.
"But they are also skeptical of the ability of political parties and the government to provide effective solutions to environmental problems."
Dr. Aston University's Graeme Hayes said, “The protesters said they did not believe in reliance on corporations and the market, on governments or in lifestyle changes by individuals to solve the climate crisis.
Almost all of them said they were protesting to raise awareness of the climate emergency and urge politicians to take action.
& # 39; This is a potential point of contention for Extinction Rebellion. Their strategy focuses on getting the government to act, but their activists don't believe the government can deliver. & # 39;
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