Stephen Fry, Mark Rylance and a former Archbishop of Canterbury are among 150 public figures to hit back at government moves to classify the climate protesters of Extinction Rebellion as an “organised crime group”. In a letter to be published in the Observer on Sunday, XR is described as “a group of people who are holding the powerful to account” – who should not become targets of “vitriol and anti-democratic posturing”. It comes in response to the prime minister and home secretary’s reported move to review how the group is classified in law after it disrupted the distribution of four national newspapers, including the Sun and the Daily Mail, last Saturday.
Guardian 12th Sept 2020 read more »
Extinction Rebellion are not organised criminals. They should not be the targets of vitriol and anti-democratic posturing. They’re just a group of people who are holding the powerful to account. It’s vital that we take this moment to acknowledge that radical change is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. It’s vital that we apply the lessons of the coronavirus pandemic to avoid paying an even more terrible price for poor preparation and a slow, inadequate response to the climate and ecological emergency.
Guardian 13th Sept 2020 read more »
A group of 150 artists, writers and church leaders have been accused of being “out of touch” with “ordinary British people” after they criticised proposals to classify Extinction Rebellion as an “organised crime group”. Activists last week provoked fury when they managed to shut down two printing plants, disrupting the distribution of several newspapers, including the Telegraph. Last week the Sunday Telegraph revealed XR could be treated as an organised crime group, which could result in its members being policed primarily by the National Crime Agency and potentially liable to tougher penalties. But last night a group of celebrities, including Stephen Fry, the actor Mark Rylance and a former Archbishop of Canterbury have criticised the suggestion, describing the group as “people who are holding the powerful to account” – who should not become targets of “vitriol and anti-democratic posturing”.
Telegraph 12th Sept 2020 read more »