An Extinction Rebellion protester draped a banner over the Big Ben clock tower as the group held its final day of demonstrations. Ben Atkinson, a 43-year-old tree surgeon who runs a yurt company in the Lake District, climbed the scaffolding that is covering the Elizabeth Tower during its four-year renovation and unfurled the message: “No pride on a dead planet”. The stunt marked a relatively subdued close to Extinction Rebellion’s fortnight of disruption in London after the goodwill of the public began to wane. When, in the first week of its so-called autumn uprising, the group specifically targeted the government by occupying various sites around Westminster, the protests provided light relief and a change of scenery for many Londoners. Members of the public brought food and warm clothing to the group’s campsites, and office workers ordered takeaways for the protesters camped out on their street. But when the focus shifted away from politicians and on to ordinary people in the second week, the public’s tolerant smile quickly faded. Indiscriminately targeting workers, from Blackrock executives to Billingsgate fish traders, did little to encourage public sympathy for the protests.
Times 19th Oct 2019 read more »
Climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion group have staged a “die in” at Glasgow Central railway station as part of a nationwide day of protests. Commuters yesterday were met by around a dozen members of the campaign group, some as young as 13, who gathered in Scotland’s busiest train station shortly before midday and then lay on the main concourse pretending to be dead. They held up signs urging “boycott fast fashion” before moving on to protest outside the St Enoch shopping centre, Primark on Argyle Street and Princes Square shopping centre, where they also staged a die-in.
Herald 19th Oct 2019 read more »
Why Extinction Rebellion’s Strategy Might Just Work. Ranged against it is a government thoroughly pentrated by fossil fuel interests, and paralysed by Brexit. It is a contrast of two very different forces. Yet history shows that XR’s strategy works. The movement is continuing to organise ferociously – in Brighton, for example, XR has held four meetings a week even while the London rebellion has continued. Hallam has let the genie out of the bottle – and it won’t be put back.
Brighton Energy Co-op 18th Oct 2019 read more »