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Extinction Rebellion Funeral Procession

Parliament Square, London. Mon 15 Apr 2019



 A campaigner with a stop sign halts traffic coming to Parliament Square from Westminster Bridge

 and a taxi tries to push through the road block but people don't let it

 and tell him to back off

 

 More people join the road block, and a drummer

 

 Police try to persuade the road block on Parliament St to move. An officer tells them they are obstructing the highway.That's our aim they tell him.

 'Children of the Revolution ' 'We're running out of time'

 People hold photographs showing flood victims around the world. Global warming is causing climate chaos

 A woman in black in the funeral march holds large red paper flowers

 A man in black carries a skeleton on his shoulders

 Pall bearers carry the coffin, decorated with bees and birds that are being killed

 'Government Must Declare Climate Emergency'

 The coffin is followed by a group in red, representing the blood of species that have become extinct, and

 those under threat, including the human speices...

 More skeletons

 and the blood...

 

 Dodos warn 'You're Nexty Human' and 'DODON'T just sit there - Do something'

 The precession was led New Orleans style by a jazz band

 

 Back at the road block...

 and in the middle of the square the RCG tell us 'Capitalism is Extinction - Socialism is Survival'

 The coffin is carried into the centre of Parliament Square

 and the giant bees follow

 Pallbearers carry the coffin into the middle of a large circle, and there is a respectful silence and a short speech

 before people are encouraged to express themselves

 

 and to form into groups for some improvised expression

 

 

 

 

 

 Another road block 'This is an emergency' gets treated to a poem from a man with a dinosaur

 

'Respect Yo' Mama' the earth

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