Protesters in Brighton’s Churchill Square are demanding action on energy bills

Protesters gathered at a mall to make a statement on the energy bills crisis.

A group of around 20 activists from Don’t Pay Brighton sat in Churchill Square shopping center holding banners and signs to protest rising energy bills.

The protesters took part in a national day of action called by the charity coalition Fuel Poverty Action.

Some sat in the middle and played card games to indicate the need for more public, warm spaces.

Others played drums and held up banners. Churchill Square security looked on but did not remove the protesters.

Ahead of the action, Don’t Pay Brighton’s Andrew Brown told Argus: “This protest is extremely needed right now.

“It’s no longer a matter of choosing between heating or eating.

“People cannot afford to heat their homes or buy food to eat.”

The activists gathered in Clarence Square Gardens before entering Churchill Square in smaller groups.

“We stand against this grim situation,” said one protester, who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.

She added: “Things don’t have to be like this.”

The Argus: Protesters played cards and sat on a blanket to argue more public warm spaces are neededThe protesters played cards and sat on a blanket to argue that more public warm spaces are needed (Image: The Argus)

Similar protests erupted across the country on the day of action.

This comes as a quarter of a million people joined Don’t Pay UK’s nationwide electricity bill strike that began yesterday.

Mr Brown is taking part in the strike. He said: “We need energy for everyone, so we’re striking to force the government to do something about it.”

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