Susanna Reid has slammed an Extinction Rebellion activist for ‘hijacking’ Remembrance Day.
It comes after XR staged a protest at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day to ‘stop a war’.
The protesters hung a banner that read ‘Honour Their Sacrifice, Climate Change Means War’ and lay their own wreath of poppies on the memorial.
XR member and Army veteran Donald Bell, who led the protest, appeared on Thursday’s GMB, where he defended his actions and said they didn’t ‘hijack’ the ceremony.
When asked by Ben Shephard about why they did it, Mr Bell replied: ‘I don’t think we actually hijacked it as it went ahead as usual.
‘We didn’t disrupt anything that’s why we went early so that we could do our own remembrance ceremony, but to also point out the fact that climate change is going to lead to war.’
Interrupting Mr Bell, Susanna chipped in: ‘I am sorry Donald, you say you didn’t disrupt the ceremony and you didn’t, the point is that you hijacked the day, you went early, you took the headlines, you made Remembrance Day about Extinction Rebellion.
‘Just watching the pictures now of you laying the wreath, you know we respect the wreath laying, but not the trampling over of other people’s wreaths, to then put your wreath on top of the others.’
‘I didn’t cover any wreaths with ours,’ he replied. ‘I hung it above them so it was visible for people to see and to read the message.
‘I didn’t trample, as you can see I stood delicately over them. There were people that morning before we carried out the action who were going up, looking at the wreath and reading them. Nobody seemed to complain about those, I mean, the thing is I am trying to stop a war.’
‘When we have a government, there was a report in June this year on how the government has failed on all but two of the 31 milestones it set itself for reducing emissions,’ he added.
Susanna went on to agree that climate change is important, but Remembrance Day wasn’t the right day to protest.
‘Of course, there is an important point to be made about climate change,’ she told him.
‘It’s a crisis, Remembrance Day is about remembering who have served and lost their lives in our wars.
‘It is not about climate change. It’s a very sacred day of remembrance.’
Mr Bell went on to refer to Remembrance Day as a ‘little ritual’, which caused quite a stir with Susanna.
She quizzed: ‘What are you referring to as a little ritual?’
While Ben added: ‘What are you referring to a little ritual? The Remembrance service?’
‘Yes,’ Mr Bell simply replied. ‘As far as the political side of this country is concerned, it’s just something they go through every year and I don’t feel they respect the loss of life.’
Good Morning Britain airs at 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.