Disruption has hit central Westminster this morning as protesters created chaos after throwing paint at Big Ben.
The landmark was sprayed with white paint to represent milk by activist group Animal Rebellion as part of their “Plant-Based Future” campaign.
A group of nine individuals entered the road junction at Parliament St before blocking the junction and pouring fake milk (white paint) onto the road.
Two of the group members used modified fire extinguishers to spray Big Ben with fake milk.
The Rebellion group said they chose today to target the new Prime Minster Liz Truss ahead of her first PMQs, in a bid to force her into negotiation for their demands.
It comes after the group disrupted Liz Truss’s announcement as Prime Minister on Monday and has disrupted six critical dairy distribution facilities since Sunday.
Now Animal Rebellion has said that today’s action is part of an effort to call for wholesale governmental support for farmers and fishing communities to transition to a plant-based food system and programme of rewilding that will secure a future for generations to come.
One member of Animal Rebellion, Andrew Howard said: “Today’s action is a direct challenge to Prime Minister Liz Truss.
“We are calling on her to make the drastic changes that we know need to happen in order to combat the cost-of-living, climate, and ecological crises we are facing.”
He added: “Supporting farmers into a plant-based future, whilst rewilding the land this would free up, is a total no-brainer.
“A plant-based future means cheaper food, more nature, and massive amounts of carbon drawn down from the atmosphere. It’s a win for everyone”
The group have said they hope the action puts pressure on new Prime Minister Liz Truss to directly acknowledge Animal Rebellion’s demands for a plant-based future.
The group are also calling on the new DEFRA minister, Ranil Jayawardena, to use their new position and implement their demands.