Animal rights protesters have scaled a government building to demand that the UK switches to vegan diets.
The Metropolitan Police have already taken seven hours attempting to remove the protesters from the side of the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs building in central London, while the activists unpacked hammocks to rest and waited for officers to arrest them.
The force responded to angry messages on social media claiming they were not acting quickly enough, saying: “The claims that officers at the scene ‘just stand watching’ is not a fair reflection of events.”
The Telegraph understands that police officers are now looking at using a cherry picker to get to the protesters as well as removing their banner which reads: “Cop26: Invest in a plant-based future.”
The four who scaled the building are members of Animal Rebellion, an offshoot of climate protesters Extinction Rebellion.
Among their number was James Ozden, who was found guilty earlier this year of blocking the presses of national newspapers alongside five others, including Liam Norton of Insulate Britain.
Mr Ozden told The Telegraph that he and his fellow protesters, Orla, and two others who insisted on being referred to as “Froggy” and “Kiwi” would stay in place until the Government bans subsidies for livestock farming.
The group claimed that the Government spends at least £1.5 billion a year subsidising livestock farming, 10 times the UK’s annual budget for planting trees.
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