Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Fake Blood Flows in Paris

Climate change activists Extinction Rebellion created another dramatic publicity as part of their latest round of protests – this time in Paris, France. 

Fake blood flowed on the steps of the Palais du Trocadero esplanade, which sits near the banks of the River Seine, opposite the Eiffel Tower on Sunday – in a stunt to highlight the accelerated loss of biodiversity on Earth, AFP journalists reported. 

As sightseers and police looked on, the protestors emptied canisters containing around 300 liters of red liquid made from a mixture of food colouring and cornflour, on the tourist landmark. 

One member even lay down on the blood-soaked ground surrounded by flowers during the said protest. 

Another activist told French media: “It’s the blood of humans, animals that die today and will die tomorrow”. 

Later, they brandished large green banners saying ‘Extinction Rebellion’ and a black banner with the slogan: "Stop the sixth mass extinction of species" – the protesters then observed a few minutes' silence before cleaning the stone steps. 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (right) had on the same day warned that the world is "not on track" to limiting global temperature rises. 

In a strong message for action on climate change, Guterres said international political resolve is fading. 

We cannot trust the politicians to do the right thing! It is the common people that must assume leadership in the initiative to save the planet. 

That’s why Extinction Rebellion’s advocacy is timely. 

On Sunday too, Liverpool beat Wolves 2-0 – Sadio Mane (left) scored from close range after 17 minutes and again after 81 to etch out another victory. 

The fact is that Liverpool's 97 points are the highest ever points tally for any runner-up in any of Europe's top five leagues – and that would have won them every single Premier League title apart from last season and this season. 

The Reds finished fourth last season, 25 points behind champions Manchester City – but this season, they pushed Pep Guardiola's side all the way and losing just once to finish one point behind them. 

They become best runners-up. Sadly, it is a case of so near, yet so far for Liverpool. 

And again, there was no miracle – and Citizens thrashed Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 to finish the season with 98 points. 

We can only live with the pain of missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City. And we have to wait for another season to fight again. 

The final tally:

Anyway, putting aside my disappointment, the Reds really did a magnificent job! I am proud to be a Red!

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