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World UK police say it was mistake to call climate group extremist

16:10  12 january  2020
16:10  12 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Extinction Rebellion listed as 'extremist' by anti-terror police

  Extinction Rebellion listed as 'extremist' by anti-terror police Extinction Rebellion has defended its activists after police included the group on a list of extremist ideologies in a counter-terrorism report. Guidance drawn up by Counter Terror Police South East (CTPSE) listed the environmental protest group alongside organisations such as National Action, and Islamic extremists, according to documents seen by The Guardian.Extinction Rebellion branded the label a "terrorism slur" and a "deliberate attempt to silence" its activists.

The counterterrorism police unit for southeast England included the climate change protesters alongside Islamic extremists and banned neo-Nazi group The Guardian said in its Saturday edition that the document, dated November 2019, was distributed to teachers, police officers and schools but

British police say it was an “error of judgment” to include environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion in an official document that listed extremist organizations. The counterterrorism police unit for southeast England included the climate change protesters alongside Islamic extremists and

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British police say it was an “error of judgment” to include environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion in an official document that listed extremist organizations.

The counter terrorism police unit for southeast England included the climate change protesters alongside Islamic extremists and banned neo-Nazi group National Action in a guide to "safeguarding young people and adults from ideological extremism," The Guardian newspaper reported.

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LONDON – British police say it was an “error of judgment” to include environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion in an official document that listed extremist organizations. The counterterrorism police unit for southeast England included the climate change protesters alongside Islamic

LONDON (AP) — British police say it was an “error of judgment” to include environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion in an official document that listed extremist organizations. The counterterrorism police unit for southeast England included the climate change protesters alongside

The Red Rebels join climate change protesters outside the Australian Embassy in London, where Extinction Rebellion are staging a protest against the Australian government's response to the wildfires in Australia, Friday Jan. 10, 2020. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)© Provided by Associated Press The Red Rebels join climate change protesters outside the Australian Embassy in London, where Extinction Rebellion are staging a protest against the Australian government's response to the wildfires in Australia, Friday Jan. 10, 2020. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP) The guide said that “while concern about climate change is not in itself extreme, activists may encourage vulnerable people to perform acts of violence.”

The Guardian said in its Saturday edition that the document, dated November 2019, was distributed to teachers, police officers and schools but later withdrawn.

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“I would like to make it quite clear that we do not classify Extinction Rebellion as an extremist organization," said Detective Chief Superintendent Kath Barnes, head of Counterterrorism Policing South East. "The inclusion of Extinction Rebellion in this document was an error of judgment, and we will now be reviewing all of the contents as a result."

Activist of 'Extinction Rebellion' and 'Parents for Future Berlin' attend a protest rally against the climate policy of Australia's government in front of Australia's embassy in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)© Provided by Associated Press Activist of 'Extinction Rebellion' and 'Parents for Future Berlin' attend a protest rally against the climate policy of Australia's government in front of Australia's embassy in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Extinction Rebellion condemned the “terrorism slur” as “a deliberate attempt to silence a legitimate cause.”

The group has staged protests around the world, often involving peaceful civil disobedience, to call for tougher action to fight global warming. Hundreds of its activists have been arrested in Britain over the past year as the group blocked roads and bridges and disrupted planes, trains and subways.


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