XR demonstrators throw fake oil in GB News protest | BreakingNews.ie

GB News has been branded a “puppet TV station” for the fossil fuel industry by Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists who dumped fake oil outside the channel's main studio.

Protesters threw the dark, oil-like paint outside the building's entrance in west London, while another activist wearing a “dark side of money” mask sat atop a hastily erected tripod with a Pinocchio. -style puppet.

Around a dozen protesters then stood silently outside the building in Paddington as office workers arriving for the day shift were redirected to another entrance.

Protesters outside the GB News studios in Paddington, London (Philip Toscano/PA)

XR said the protest highlighted GB News investor Sir Paul Marshall's links to the fossil fuel industry, and also demanded an end to what it called a “torrent of climate lies and disinformation” on the channel.

Sir Paul is chairman and chief investment officer of Marshall Wace, a hedge fund that manages around £45bn.

Other protesters stood at the entrance holding signs depicting the faces of GB News presenters, including Nigel Farage, Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, Richard Tice and Lee Anderson, as well as Sir Paul, with the word "extremist" written below each one of them.

Just Stop Oil Protest
GB News declined to comment on the demonstration (Philip Toscano/PA)

Jon Fuller, a member of the XR team outside GB News, claimed the station is “sowing doubt and confusion about the climate”.

XR said it had launched another protest on Monday morning at Marshall Wace's offices in central London.

They said two of their activists had gone up to the portico above the front doors and hung a giant banner that read: "Marshall Wace: Cut ties with fossil fuels."

Another group of protesters sprayed the front windows with black “oil” spray.

GB News said there would be “no comment” when asked about the demonstration.

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