West Dorset MP, Chris Loder, has removed the Extinction Rebellion “climate change means war” wreath at the Cenotaph at Whitehall in London on Armistice Day.
The protest wreath was peacefully laid by a British Army veteran, Donald Bell, and a member of the Extinction Rebellion to raise awareness of the ongoing climate crisis.
This year is the Cenotaph’s centenary. The Cenotaph in Whitehall, London was built from Portland stone and is a lasting memorial for those who lost their lives in war.
There are many ways to protest and it is one of the freedoms we enjoy in this country. But Armistice Day, the anniversary of peace, when we remember those who died for our freedom, is not the day to do it.
I could not stand by and watch our Remembrance Day for those who died in war, and to whom we owe so much, be hijacked for a political stunt by this far-left outfit. This was totally wrong, and I believed the wreath should be removed.
This week, thousands of veterans and members of the armed forces have stayed away from the Cenotaph in our national effort to control coronavirus.
For political protestors to take advantage of this situation is disrespectful to our servicemen and women, past and present. I want them to know that I am on their side and will support them all the way.Chris Loder, West Dorset MP
Donald also explained his actions:
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