Extinction Rebellion protesters caught red-handed after firehose mishap in London

Activists for Extinction Rebellion had a bit of a mishap during a protest in London on Thursday (local time). 

The climate change activist group were spraying fake blood from a fire engine when they lost control of the hose.

Footage shows the red "blood" - which according to the Guardian was an "organic liquid containing beetroot" - spray uncontrollably out on the street, drenching various members of the group.

Eight people at the protest were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, according to the BBC.

The target of their liquid attack was the city's main Treasury building,  with 83-year-old protester Phil Kingston telling the Guardian he was protesting because the Treasury was doing "dreadful things".

Another protester, Cathy Eastburn, told the newspaper her children would not have a future if Government policies which had "devastating consequences" continued.

"They need to stop funding projects that are causing more global warming and meaning that we don't have a future for our children. All children everywhere do not have a future if we carry on doing this."

There were no injuries reported in the protest.

According to the group's website, Extinction Rebellion is "an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse".


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