Animal Rebellion protesters spray Parliament with paint

The activists from Animal Rebellion also blocked the road outside Parliament on Wednesday morning.

They said their action was to “represent the destruction and cruelty of the dairy industry.”

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A video posted by the group showed them spraying paint – representing cow’s milk – at the gates, walls and road outside Parliament as activists sat in Bridge Street.

The protest comes as Prime Minister’s Questions takes place inside Parliament, on the first day of Liz Truss’ premiership.

In a post on Twitter, Animal Rebellion said it is “calling on the government and @trussliz to support farming and fishing communities to move away from animal farming and fishing as part of an urgent transition to a plant-based food system and then rewild the freed-up land as a result”.

Two demonstrators have superglued themselves to each other in the road and police are attempting to unstick them.

One man who was sitting in the road has been dragged off in handcuffs by police.

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There is a large police presence at the scene, while parliamentary staff are inspecting the damage to the whitewashed Parliament walls and gate.

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