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Extinction Rebellion activists hold dinner party in SEA off Essex

Extinction Rebellion activists hold dinner party in SEA off Essex

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Extinction Rebellion protesters today staged a Titanic-themed dinner party in the sea to shine a light on rising sea levels

Extinction Rebellion protesters today staged a Titanic-themed dinner party in the sea to shine a light on global warming.

Climate activists wearing fine dining dress waded into the water off Chalkwell Beach, Southend-on-Sea, to quaff Champagne and sip tea around a semi-submerged table.

The stunt was designed to illustrate the ‘obliviousness’ of the ‘elite’ in the face of rising sea levels as the planet warms up.   

A wave of demonstrations is planned by the environmentalist group, including a march on Parliament tomorrow and a disruptive cycle ride through London. 

In the capital today, eco-rebels dressed as banshees and rallied outside the TfL headquarters in Stratford in a show of anger at the construction of a new tunnel.

XR has branded the forthcoming twin-bore road, which will pass under the Thames from Silvertown to Greenwich, ‘racist, colonial and unjust’ because it will cause pollution in deprived areas with a high BAME population.  

Extinction Rebellion protesters today staged a Titanic-themed dinner party in the sea to shine a light on rising sea levels

Extinction Rebellion protesters today staged a Titanic-themed dinner party in the sea to shine a light on rising sea levels

Climate activists wearing early 20th Century dress waded into the water off Chalkwell Beach, Southend-on-Sea, to quaff Champagne and sip tea around a semi-submerged dining table

Climate activists wearing early 20th Century dress waded into the water off Chalkwell Beach, Southend-on-Sea, to quaff Champagne and sip tea around a semi-submerged dining table

Posters which were scattered on the beach blazoned warnings such as 'we want to live', 'planet over profit' and 'act now'

 Posters which were scattered on the beach blazoned warnings such as ‘we want to live’, ‘planet over profit’ and ‘act now’

Banshees also paraded through Woolwich, a few miles away, where they lay sprawled on the ground to demonstrate against the Silvertown Tunnel

Banshees also paraded through Woolwich, a few miles away, where they lay sprawled on the ground to demonstrate against the Silvertown Tunnel

Environmentalist messages were also blared from East London today where eco-warriors dressed as banshees rallied against the building of the Silvertown Tunnel

Environmentalist messages were also blared from East London today where eco-warriors dressed as banshees rallied against the building of the Silvertown Tunnel

Activists from the Climate protest group Extinction Rebellion enter the DLR station at Woolwich Arsenal in south east London

Activists from the Climate protest group Extinction Rebellion enter the DLR station at Woolwich Arsenal in south east London

Senior XR sources were unaware of this morning’s Titanic protest when approached by MailOnline, suggesting it was organised independently of the group’s national leadership.

Campaigner Jonathan Fuller explained on Facebook that two local XR branches joined forces to pull off the eye-catching stunt.

He wrote: ‘Southend and Chelmsford XR came together today for the Southend Under Sea action. Chelmsford brought the band and we brought the elite, completely oblivious to the disaster all around them as their Titanic gradually sinks.’ 

Activists banged drums as several ‘diners’ in the sea, many of whom wore masks, pretended to enjoy a meal under a banner which read: ‘Stop global warming or we’re sunk’.

Other posters which were scattered on the beach blazoned warnings such as ‘we want to live’, ‘planet over profit’ and ‘act now’.

Ecological messages were also blared from East London today where eco-warriors dressed as banshees rallied against the building of the Silvertown Tunnel. 

XR’s Hackney Branch tweeted: ‘On the way to the TfL headquarters in Stratford to tell them exactly what we think of their toxic and racist tunnel! #NoToxicTunnel.’

The group said that building the underwater tunnel will cause traffic in some of the most ‘polluted and deprived areas’, and branded the project ‘racist, colonial and unjust’. 

Senior XR sources were unaware of this morning's Titanic protest when approached by MailOnline, suggesting it was organised independently of the group's national leadership

Senior XR sources were unaware of this morning’s Titanic protest when approached by MailOnline, suggesting it was organised independently of the group’s national leadership

Campaigner Jonathan Fuller explained on Facebook that two local XR branches joined forces to pull off the eye-catching stunt and raise awareness of rising sea level

Campaigner Jonathan Fuller explained on Facebook that two local XR branches joined forces to pull off the eye-catching stunt and raise awareness of rising sea level

Activists banged drums as several 'diners' in the sea, many of whom wore masks, pretended to enjoy a meal under a banner which read: ' Stop global warming or we're sunk'

Activists banged drums as several ‘diners’ in the sea, many of whom wore masks, pretended to enjoy a meal under a banner which read: ‘ Stop global warming or we’re sunk’

Outside Transport for London's headquarters, campaigners laid 26 pairs of shoes, 'one for each person who dies prematurely every day from air pollution in London'

Outside Transport for London’s headquarters, campaigners laid 26 pairs of shoes, ‘one for each person who dies prematurely every day from air pollution in London’

The group said that building the underwater tunnel will cause traffic in some of the most 'polluted and deprived areas', and branded the project 'racist, colonial and unjust'

The group said that building the underwater tunnel will cause traffic in some of the most ‘polluted and deprived areas’, and branded the project ‘racist, colonial and unjust’

A statement said: ‘Newham is home to 72 per cent BAME population and less than 50 per cent owns a car: building this road is a racist, colonial and unjust policy.

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It added: ‘This outdated project has no place in a time of climate emergency and the dangers of traffic pollution in the air.’ 

Outside Transport for London’s headquarters, campaigners laid 26 pairs of shoes, ‘one for each person who dies prematurely every day from air pollution in London.’ 

Banshees also paraded through Woolwich, a few miles away, where they lay sprawled on the ground to demonstrate against the Silvertown Tunnel.

TfL maintains the new road will reduce congestion at the Blackwall Tunnel and shore up the ‘reliability and resilience of the wider road network’. 

Today’s protests kick off a string of XR rallies across the UK, which will be ratcheted up tomorrow with a march on Parliament.

At 11.30am, crowds of activists will descend on Westminster for a demonstration and series of rabble-rousing speeches.

The activity will continue all week and target landmarks including Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and the Bank of England.

At 3pm on Thursday, protesters will attempt to wreak havoc on the capital’s roads with an event called Ride For Our Lives, which encourages people to ‘join the rebel riders for a disruptive cycle around London’.

The Banshees exit Stratford station and march towards the headquarters of TfL to protest the building of the Silvertown Tunnel

The Banshees exit Stratford station and march towards the headquarters of TfL to protest the building of the Silvertown Tunnel

The XR activists sweep through Westfield shopping centre in Stratford today. The protests kick off a wave of demonstrations this month

The XR activists sweep through Westfield shopping centre in Stratford today. The protests kick off a wave of demonstrations this month

An XR statement said: 'Newham is home to 72 per cent BAME population and less than 50 per cent owns a car: building this road is a racist, colonial and unjust policy'

An XR statement said: ‘Newham is home to 72 per cent BAME population and less than 50 per cent owns a car: building this road is a racist, colonial and unjust policy’

Today's protests kick off a string of XR rallies across the UK, which will be ratcheted up tomorrow with a march on Parliament

Today’s protests kick off a string of XR rallies across the UK, which will be ratcheted up tomorrow with a march on Parliament


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