'Free the press' protestors dump manure outside national newspaper offices

Six people were arrested after dung was dumped in front of the Daily Mail offices during a protest against the freedom of the press by the Extinction Rebellion in central London.

Metropolitan Police said a group of protesters emptied dung from a truck outside a property in Young Street, Kensington, around 6:40 a.m. Sunday.

The troop said the group “climbed up on scaffolding on the outside of the building and hung banners from it.”

Environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion said they made a “surprise visit” to Northcliffe House, the headquarters of newspaper owners Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), claiming they dumped seven tons of horse manure in front of the main entrance.

Five people were arrested for an offense under Section 148 of the Highways Act, four of the five also on suspicion of causing criminal damage, police said.

The Met also said that around 8 a.m., a 54-year-old man tried to dump manure from a truck onto the sidewalk outside a commercial building on Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria.

It added: “Had it succeeded, it would have disrupted staff and citizens.

“The proactive police intervention prevented him from dumping the crap.”

The man was arrested for violating Section 148 of the Highways Act and on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Extinction Rebellion said members also visited the building where the Daily Telegraph was located but stopped before they could dump more manure.

All six arrested are still in custody, the police said.

The protest comes when Extinction Rebellion started a “day of protest” aimed at the “four billionaire owners of 68% of the British print media” and “calling for an end to media corruption that suppresses the truth from the public for profit”.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Gully Bujak said, “For the British public who have seen the criminal behavior of this government and its ‘pals’ during the pandemic, the conclusion must surely be clear: the arenas of power in this country are rotten, and what are they Billionaire press concerns – corruption is the business model.

“It’s time you get the crap down and stop pretending you’re doing the public a noble service while washing the climate crisis green and fomenting the culture war to divide people.”

Extinction Rebellion shared on social media photos and videos of free the press protesters marching through London and gathering in Parliament Square.

People carried posters, waved flags and sang while bands played too.

It comes after the protest movement targeted the media in September with a printing press blockade that left the shelves of some newsagents empty.

Elsewhere on Sunday, people walked down Regent Street during a #FreedomToDance march organized by Save Our Scene to protest the government’s perceived disregard for the live music industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

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