At 10am on Wednesday 10th February 2021, Burning Pink activists Ramon Salgado-Touzon and Nicola Stickells were arrested for spraying pink paint on the façade of the Department for Transport in London, using modified fire extinguishers.
Before he was arrested Ramon said:
No! No! No! No more words, signatures, petitions. No more demands, no excuses. We say: dig tunnels, obstruct roads, splash paint, break glass. Non-violent direct action over and over, until ‘The Just’ fill up all the cells of all the jails. This government is treasonous and it is killing us. If you are not actively opposing it, you’re complicit in mass murder. I’m standing with the heroes inside the tunnel under Euston Square Gardens and Highbury, with the Pink Panthers, and with everyone both now and before, sacrificing their freedom, even their lives. It is time for deeds not words.
This Non-Violent Direct Action was in solidarity with the HS2 protesters who are still in tunnels beneath Euston Square Gardens risking their lives to oppose the unpopular and costly HS2 rail project that is destroying ancient woodlands across the country and disrupting communities.
The activists from Extinction Rebellion and Burning Pink, say it is time for “deeds not words” in response to the climate and ecological emergency we face. They are prepared to sacrifice their freedom to raise public understanding of the extent of the danger.
Burning Pink Candidate for Mayor of London Valerie Brown witnessed the action and said:
Due to Covid we’re now in an economic catastrophe. This project isn’t just going to cost the £120 billion that the government is talking about. There are experts who are talking about £200 billion and more. What could be done with that money? What do the people of this country want to do with that money?
If elected Mayor, Valerie will make London the first city in the world run by legally binding citizen’s assemblies using deliberative democracy.
With thanks to Real Media