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Climate change activists’ plan to spray fake blood on government building backfires in epic fashion


Brian Niemietz
New York Daily News

It was a blood bath.

Climate change activists from Extinction Rebellion found themselves on the losing end of a paint hose as they attempted to spray more than 475 gallons of red paint on the Her Majesty’s Treasury in Westminster, London.

A group of eight protesters pulled their mini firetruck in front of the century-old building Thursday morning and took aim at its white facade with the intentions of turning it red, according to the BBC. But once they switched on the high-powered water jet that forces liquid through the hose, their plans went sideways.

The activists — five men and three women aged 34 to 83 — quickly lost control of the hose after spraying their target for only a few seconds. The runaway hose flew out off of the truck and into the street, where it took on a life of its own, slithering about and spraying fake blood onto the road and sidewalks, while also soaking protesters who tried unsuccessfully to gain control of the nozzle.

Once the fire engine’s pumps had shot their load, the renegade hose finally went limp.

“I fight with all my being for my four grandchildren in this situation of existential danger,” 83-year-old protester Phil Kingston told the BBC. Extinction Rebellion activists stated their goal was to draw attention to their contention that UK officials talk about fighting climate change, but pour resources into perpetuating the use of fossil fuels.

All eight protesters were arrested by British police, who also seized the fire engine.


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