How Penny Mordaunt showed support for Extinction Rebellion protests in Australia

  • Penny Mordaunt tweeted a video of activists dancing in Melbourne, Australia
  • Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi replied: ‘Now that is tempting to get moving to’
  • A week before, XR sprayed fake blood on the Treasury building in Whitehall 

A demonstration by Extinction Rebellion won a humorous message of apparent support from leadership candidate Penny Mordaunt.

Miss Mordaunt shared a video of activists dancing in sync to the 1977 Bee Gees hit Stayin’ Alive on the streets of Melbourne, Australia.

Alongside the clip from Australia in October 2019, Miss Mordaunt referenced the antics of the British protesters and said: ‘Ha, I see your giant pink octopus, you’ve glued yourself to the tarmac, your fake blood-loaded fire engine and I raise you… this.’

Mob mentality: Protesters dancing in the street in Melbourne in 2019

The MP for Portsmouth North added supportive hashtags to her message, including ‘now that’s what I call a protest’ and the tongue-in-cheek ‘Civil Disco-bedience’.

Extinction Rebellion carried out a string of demonstrations in London in the summer and autumn of 2019.

A week before Miss Mordaunt’s tweet, the campaign group used a fire engine to spray fake blood over the Treasury building in Whitehall.

The blockading of several locations around Westminster led to 135 protesters being arrested.

In the video shared by Miss Mordaunt, protesters in bright clothing danced in the street waving flags with the Extinction Rebellion logo.

Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi agreed with Miss Mordaunt, replying to her message: ‘Now that is tempting to get moving to, it’s either me or Dom C leading the dance off!’ in a reference to Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings.

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