Rome (dpa) – Climate change activists protested on Saturday for several hours at the Venice Film Festival, occupying the red carpet on the day of the closing awards ceremony

More than 300 people wearing white overalls and holding flags and banners took over the space where film stars normally pose for photographers.

Venice’s ‘No Big Ship’ campaigners, who oppose large cruise ships in the Venice lagoon, also took part in the protest which started before dawn.

“After more than 7 hours of occupation, without any answer from any institution and [festival organizers], activists left the red carpet and headed back to [their] camp,” activists wrote on Twitter.

The tweet posted from the account, added: “For hours, [protesters] have been showing the world the social and environmental contradiction that we live.”

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The activists won an endorsement from legendary Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who stars in the Venice festival’s closing film, the out-of-competition The Burnt Orange Heresy

“I’m glad they are doing that, because they are the ones that are going to inherit the planet, and we are in a very difficult situation,” Jagger said about the climate protests.

He criticised US President Donald Trump for failing to exercise world leadership on climate change, and deciding “to go the other way” with the rolling back of environmental protection legislation.

The Venice Film Festival was due to end in the evening with the awarding of the Golden Lion for best film and other awards, including for best actor and actress.

Roman Polanski’s J’accuse, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Pablo Larrain’s Ema, Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat and Todd Phillips’ Joker are some of the films tipped for the top prizes.

Author: ANA Entertainment