anti-fracking performance art

Posted by carlotta on Saturday July 13th, 2013 at 5:48pm

An anti-fracking demonstration that was more like performance art than anything else, was held in the centre of Lewes this afternoon. It involved a besuited fat cat, Darth Vadar, several people in chemical warfare suits, bottles and bottles of coloured ‘toxic’ liquid and activists with a megaphone explained to the listening crowd about the dangers involved in fracking. The action heated up when ‘toxic chemicals’ were poured into the River Ouse. As drummers beat out a menacing rhythm, boat loads more hazchem people appeared to disgourge more bottles of coloured water into the river. Activists with feathers in their hair, in their own canoe, lept onto the hazchem boat, upending bottles of the ‘toxic’ water over the yellow-suited heads. It was a glorious, exuberant political and environmental statement, showing that it is possible to have a political demonstration that displays creativity and a sense of humour. And perhaps this is the best way to get the message across. More photographs here.

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