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Russell Brand: A minute's silence for Tunisia victims is 'total bullsh*t'

Russell Brand has risked controversy with his comments about the Tunisia attack. Credit: PA/ITV News

Russell Brand has called Friday's minute's silence for the victims of the Tunisia beach massacre "total bullsh*t", suggesting the UK government's foreign policy caused the attack which killed at least 29 Britons.

"There's no point in having a minute's silence on Friday - it's a minute of bullsh*t," the comedian says in a video on his YouTube channel.

"As long as during that time, they [the Government] continue to sell arms, they continue to bomb foreign countries - they have no interest in a solution. They are only interest is perpetuating the problem and continuing to profit from it."

Warning: This video contains language some viewers may find offensive

Video: Russell Brand/YouTube

David Cameron announced that a national minute's silence would be held on Friday, a week after 23-year-old student Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on holidaymakers, killing at least 29 Britons.

But Brand questioned whether the gesture was an "empty, futile gesture" as he attacked the Prime Minister's foreign policy.

Russell Brand has hit out at David Cameron over the UK's foreign policy. Credit: Reuters

Mr Brand accused the Government of provoking the attack by selling arms overseas and "bombing foreign countries".

"Britain has been engaged in foreign activity in Muslim countries which obviously provokes this kind of response."

Brand called on his fans to show respect for the victims of the atrocity by demanding that the government "stops selling arms to countries on its own human rights abuse list" and "stops carrying out foreign wars".

"It will have a lot more impact than a minute's silence," the activist added.

Thirty-eight people, mostly British tourists, were killed when Rezgui opened fire last Friday.