Animal Rebellion protests: Hundreds of animal rights protesters march through the City of London

Hundreds of animal rights protesters have gathered in the City of London to campaign against animal cruelty.

Animal Rebellion, an offshoot of climate change group Extinction Rebellion, set off from Smithfield Market in Farringdon where they held a rally for speeches before parading through the city.

About 500 protesters, who included members of the groups Defend Direct Action-Animal Offensive and Camp Beagle, as well as members of a second Extinction Rebellion offshoot, Ocean Rebellion, held up banners and signs saying “Unite for Animal Justice”, “Free the MBR Beagles” and “Meat is Murder”.

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The campaigners stopped traffic as they blew whistles and played drums, and were escorted by hundreds of Metropolitan Police and City of London police officers.

The protest spanned about two miles and included stops at different businesses in the City, stopping at one point outside Blackfriars station.

The demonstrators all gathered inside and outside Smithfield Market, some sitting peacefully while others stood around and chatted amongst each other.

Inside the market speeches were made to encourage people to do more to support animal rights, while a handful of people also gave out free vegan samosas, curries, pasta and quiches to the protesters.

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