Police called as animal rights activists storm McDonald’s restaurant

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Animal rights activists stormed a McDonald's in Cornwall on Saturday to demand the chain transitions to a plant-based menu.

Members of Animal Rebellion, a protest group affiliated with Extinction Rebellion, arrived a branch in Falmouth on Saturday.

Around 50 so-called 'rebels' occupied the seating inside and outside the restaurant from around 12pm, reports say.

They were holding banners, slogan-emblazoned items and eating vegan food, reports CornwallLive.

Police confirmed the protest had ended several hours later and no arrests had been made.

The G7 summit is taking place in the county this weekend, which is attended by some of the world's leaders.

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Police are at the scene in Falmouth

Protests have also been held elsewhere in Falmouth, with thousands marching through the streets.

In a social media post, Animal Rebellion demanded that McDonald's change its menu to be entire vegan and plant-based.

They wrote: "McDonald’s, we need you to kickstart the transition to a #PlantBasedFoodSystem to avert the looming climate crisis and ensure justice for animals."

Protesters in McDonald's on Saturday

Rose Patterson, a spokesperson, then claimed: "Soy from illegally deforested areas in the Amazon has been proven to be found in the McDonald’s supply chain.

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"These are British cows fed on Amazon destruction and if we care at all about our planet and biodiversity, meat and dairy production needs to end."

And another spokesperson, Harley McDonald-Eckersall, added: "Subsidising meat and dairy production is just as bad as subsidising fossil fuels.

"We're using taxpayer money to destroy the planet and kill billions of animals."

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: "We engaged with protestors and staff at the restaurant and monitored the situation. The protest has since ended and there were no arrests were made."

McDonald's has been approached for comment.

As well as the Extinction Rebellion protesters, more than 1,000 people protested against the crisis in the Ethiopian region of Tigray while thousands also gathered to raise awareness of the coup d'etat by the military in Myanmar in Cornwall on Saturday.

Protesters near the G7 summit in Cornwall
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Several of the protest groups gathered in Church Street Car Park – around 500 metres from the media base of the G7 – where they held rallies and chanted passionately before parading past the centre.

Ethiopian protesters were heard shouting "(Prime Minister of Ethiopia) Abiy is a criminal", "G7 act now" and "Stop Abiy's war crimes" at their rally.

They held up banners and the flag of Tigray before setting off a smoke flare.

Meanwhile, the Myanmar demonstrators sang songs and held up banners and posters which read "End human rights abuses in Myanmar" and "G7 nations strike down the reign of terror in Myanmar.

Their protest is in response to Myanmar's army seizing control of the country on February 1 after Aung San Suu Kyi was re-elected as leader in November.

Members from the campaign group Global Justice Now also gathered in Falmouth to protest against the uneven vaccine distribution across the world.

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