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Extinction Rebellion mob throw red paint at Brazilian embassy

Extinction Rebellion mob throw red paint and daub messages on Brazilian embassy in London in protest over Jair Bolsanaro’s destruction of Amazon and ‘murder’ of its indigenous people

  • Group called ‘Snowflakes’ splattered red paint on Brazilian embassy in London
  • The mob, associated with Extinction Rebellion, blockaded the embassy today
  • They were protesting over the rights of indigenous people killed in Brazil  

Extinction Rebellion activists splattered red paint and sprayed messages on the Brazilian embassy in London in a protest over the rights of indigenous people.

The protests by ‘the Snowflakes’ – a group associated with the eco-anarchists – blockaded the embassy, spray-painting messages and dousing the building in paint to symbolise indigenous people they say have been killed in Brazil.

Two activists from the group climbed onto a glass awning above the entrance of the embassy, and two others glued themselves to the windows. 

They were joined by other activists taking part in a separate vigil for murdered environmental campaigners.

It is part of international action targeting Brazilian embassies around the world, which is taking place at the same time as indigenous women are marching on Brasilia demanding recognition of their rights.

An activists splattering red paint on the Brazilian embassy in London this morning

Protesters also daubed messages on the walls of the embassy 

A police officer talks with an activist in front of embassy’s entrance during the Extinction Rebellion climate change protest

Sian Vaughan, 54, a retired primary school headteacher from Pembrokeshire, took part in the action in London.

She said: ‘We need everyone to know what’s going on in Brazil, and to tell the UK Government to act.

‘If we close our eyes to the criminal destruction taking place, our children will pay the price. The climate crisis is global.’

Red hand prints and streaks of red paint could be seen all over the facade, as well as slogans such as ‘No More Indigenous Blood’ and ‘For The Wild’. 

Two activists stand on an awning over the embassy’s entrance during Extinction Rebellion climate change protest

Police officers detain an activist in front of Brazilian embassy and carried him away from the scene

A group of protesters also unfurled banners outside the embassy and held Extinction Rebellion flags

Police stand guard outside the Brazilian embassy, which is now covered in red paint and messages

Indigenous groups in Brazil warn that conditions have worsened for them and their environment since President Jair Bolsonaro came to power, with critics saying his regime is allowing environmental destruction by miners and agribusiness.

Amazon deforestation rates have risen significantly, according to recent reports, adding carbon emissions to the atmosphere which drive climate change and destroying important wildlife habitats. 

 

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