More than a hundred feminist protesters stormed the red carpet premiere of the film Suffragette last night.
The event at Leicester Square was interrupted by activists from Sisters Uncut, who campaign against domestic violence. They jumped the barriers and started chanting ‘Dead women can’t vote’ and ‘We are suffragettes’, as well as letting off green and purple smoke bombs, The Guardian reports.
Activists said they wanted to highlight the government’s cuts to domestic violence services. Janelle Brown, from Sisters Uncut told The Guardian:
We believe that all women facing domestic violence should be able to access support and safety. Clearly the government do not share this belief, as they are removing funding for life-saving support services.
Angie Johnson, another activist and a domestic violence survivor, said: “My life was saved by specialist services and we must fight every step of the way to make sure all women can access them.”
Helena Bonham Carter was on the red carpet when activists jumped the barriers. She told Sky News she supported their actions, and that the protest was the ‘perfect’ response to the film, adding: “I’m glad our film has done something. That’s exactly what it’s there for.”