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Big Ben covered in white paint during Animal Rebellion protest

Disruption hit central Westminster this morning as protesters created chaos after throwing paint at Big Ben.

The monument was sprayed with white paint to represent milk by the activist group Animal Rebellion as part of their “Plant-Based Future” campaign.

A group of nine people entered the Parliament Street junction before blocking the junction and pouring fake milk (white paint) on the road.

Two of the band members used modified fire extinguishers to spray Big Ben with fake milk.

The Rebellion group said it chose today to target new Prime Minister Liz Truss ahead of her first PMQs, in a bid to force her to negotiate their demands.

Big Ben covered in white paint during Animal Rebellion protest

It comes after the group disrupted Liz Truss’ announcement as Prime Minister on Monday and disrupted six critical dairy distribution facilities since Sunday.

Now Animal Rebellion says today’s action is part of an effort to seek wholesale government support for farmers and fishing communities to shift to a plant-based food system and a rewilding program that will ensure a future for generations to come.

Animal Rebellion member Andrew Howard said: “Today’s action is a direct challenge to Prime Minister Liz Truss.

“We’re asking him to make the drastic changes that we know need to happen in order to tackle the cost of living, climate and ecological crises we face.”

He added: “Supporting farmers in a plant-based future, while re-saving the land it would free up, is a no-brainer.

“A plant-based future means cheaper food, more nature, and massive amounts of carbon taken out of the atmosphere. That’s a win for everyone”

The group said it hopes the action will put pressure on incoming Prime Minister Liz Truss to directly recognize Animal Rebellion’s demands for a plant-based future.

The group also calls on the new DEFRA minister, Ranil Jayawardena, to use his new post and implement his demands.