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Extinction Rebellion UK to halt disruptive protests

Published 01/01/2023, 09:32 AM
Updated 01/01/2023, 03:12 PM
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Activists from the Extinction Rebellion drape a banner across Marble Arch as part of a protest in central London, Britain, April 16, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - The British arm of the Extinction Rebellion environmental group said on Sunday it would take a break from acts of public disruption in order to bring more people on board its campaign for urgent action to counter climate change.

The grassroots group's protests have previously included closing key roads and bridges in central London, blockading oil refineries, smashing windows at Barclays (LON:BARC) bank headquarters and spraying fake blood over the finance ministry building.

In a statement entitled "We quit", Extinction Rebellion UK said that in the four years it has been taking direct action, very little had changed, with emissions continuing to rise.

"As we ring in the new year, we make a controversial resolution to temporarily shift away from public disruption as a primary tactic," the group said.

"What's needed now most is to disrupt the abuse of power and imbalance, to bring about a transition to a fair society that works together to end the fossil fuel era. Our politicians, addicted to greed and bloated on profits, won't do it without pressure."

The group said it would focus on strengthening in number and bridge-building to increase its power and influence.

The government is in the process of passing a new law to make it harder for people to stage disruptive protests such as halting public transport networks or disrupting fuel supplies, giving the police greater powers to manage and prevent them.

© Reuters. A detained Extinction Rebellion activist, who glued herself to the reception desk earlier, smiles as she is carried out of the building by police during a protest at Shell's headquarters in London, Britain, April 13, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Extinction Rebellion said it planned to surround the Houses of Parliament from April 21 with 100,000 people.

"This year, we prioritise attendance over arrest and relationships over roadblocks, as we stand together and become impossible to ignore," it said.

Latest comments

Total idiots let them do without fossil fuels for a year and they will beg for it to come back if they live through it
They are paid of puppet 's of Soros thats all they are ... Paid to create distraction where ever possible
As the coal plants are running 24/7. Solar is a supplement. Wind is a joke.
Solar in UK is a ridiculous idea. They have sun on rare occasions in statistical sense.
Bunch of abusive leftists, inflicting harm on society, while contributing zilch.
…and their efforts will continue to have no effect because their message is anti-human. Being against something is fine, but providing no solution and using violence will only provoke anger and retaliation. Nihilism is a dead end.
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