Environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion (XR) staged a sleep attempt last night and occupied McDonald’s in Leicester Square.
During the all-night protest, at least three so-called XR “rebels” clung to McDonald’s in central London.
The protest is part of two weeks of planned action in London, which aims to raise awareness of the urgency of the climate crisis.
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This specific McDonald’s event was in collaboration with sister organization Animal Rebellion, a similar movement for climate justice with a particular focus on promoting a plant-based food system.
Animal Rebellion said on Twitter: “We’ll be here all night sending a message to McDonald’s that it’s time to stop sleeping at work and switch to a plant-based food system.
“Why are we targeting McDonald’s? Over the past 66 years, McDonald’s has caused massive devastation on our planet and on animals.
An XR spokesperson also tweeted, “Are you sleepy? Leave your wallet at home and come with a snack, glue, and a sleeping bag.
“The police are now making arrests to make room for more non-clients!” “
The protest comes after XR has already caused massive disruption in the capital in recent days, including blocking major roads and crossroads.
XR has scheduled an initial two-week protest of so-called “mass civil disobedience,” but said it will maintain sites until the government agrees to immediately halt all public investment in fossil fuels.
As of 5:30 p.m. last night (August 24), police had made a total of 102 arrests of activists since the protests began.
Police arrested 36 more people during the McDonald’s action last night, bringing the total of arrests since Sunday to 138 protesters.
According to the Metropolitan Police, arrests were made for a number of different offenses and the protesters caused “unreasonable disturbance”.
The XR protests began after activists gathered in Trafalgar Square at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 23.
This two-week “impossible rebellion” precedes the big climate talks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this fall.
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So far this week, XR protesters have marched through central London, locked up and glued to objects and stranded at busy intersections.
This is the group’s first major protest for climate justice since its fall rebellion in September of last year.
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