A group claimed to be Animal Rebellion activists have been arrested after getting onto The Mall ahead of the Trooping the Colour.
02 June 2022
Police have arrested several protesters who entered the ceremonial route on The Mall before Trooping the Colour.
A group of demonstrators were dragged by police out of the path of a military band as they marched along at around 10.10am.
Pro-vegan climate and animal rights campaign group Animal Rebellion has claimed those involved are part of the organisation.
Some of the protesters managed to sit down in the road before being pulled away by officers.
One of those sitting wore a golden crown around a hat, while the other sat facing the soldiers holding a piece of paper.
Another person walked ahead of the band holding a small poster which read “Reclaim Royal Land” above their head.
Despite the disturbance, the band marched on and continued with the parade as police officers detained members of the group to the side.
Animal Rebellion said on Twitter that “animal rebels” were behind the disturbance.
The group said: “Animal Rebels disrupt the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations demanding that Royal Land is Reclaimed.”
According to its website, Animal Rebellion uses non-violent civil disobedience with the aim of bringing about “a transition to a just and sustainable plant-based food system, to halt mass extinction, alleviate the worst effects of climate breakdown and ensure justice for animals”.
The Metropolitan Police said the arrests were for obstructing the highway.
The force said on Twitter: “A number of arrests have been made of people who attempted to enter the ceremonial route in The Mall at approximately 10.10hrs today.
“The arrests were public order related for highway obstruction.
“Thank you to the crowd who showed their support by clapping our officers who returned to their post after dealing with the incident swiftly.”