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UK News Should politicians mock Extinction Rebellion protesters?

19:21  09 october  2019
19:21  09 october  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

Extinction Rebellion ‘opening ceremony’ ahead of two weeks of protests

  Extinction Rebellion ‘opening ceremony’ ahead of two weeks of protests Groups of artists held a procession around Marble Arch.The environmental group plans to shut down key sites, including Westminster and Lambeth bridges, in addition to protests outside key Government departments.

Extinction Rebellion protesters on the streets of London have been labelled "uncooperative crusties" by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The demonstrators - who are demanding action on climate change - should abandon their "hemp-smelling bivouacs" and stop blocking roads, the PM added.

British PM Boris Johnson has launched a stinging attack on Extinction Rebellion protesters , branding them as “uncooperative crusties” that should stop “littering” the streets of ‘Nose-ringed uncooperative crusties’: BoJo mocks ‘hemp-smelling’ Extinction Rebellion activists as huge protest erupts.

a group of police officers riding on the back of a large crowd watching: Extinction Rebellion protesters are chained together as they block the road outside Westminster Abbey © Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images Extinction Rebellion protesters are chained together as they block the road outside Westminster Abbey

Extinction Rebellion protesters are disrupting life in London, camping out in Whitehall and Trafalgar Square. The police have made over 600 arrests in just three days.

Boris Johnson has voiced his disdain about the climate change activists, telling the "nose-ringed" protesters to abandon their "hemp-selling bivouacs".

The campaigners have pointed out that the prime minister's own family support the aims of the two-week protest in the capital.

The Claim

Boris Johnson has labelled Extinction Rebellion protesters as "uncooperative crusties", the Mirror reports.

London police arrest 21 climate change protesters as mass action starts

  London police arrest 21 climate change protesters as mass action starts London police arrest 21 climate change protesters as mass action startsReuters reporters in London's government district of Westminster saw activists block a bridge and several roads as the protests gathered pace.

A protester at the Extinction Rebellion demonstration in Whitehall on Monday mocks the prime minister, Boris Johnson. “If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men

Extinction Rebellion claims protests in the capital will be five times bigger than similar events in April. Police were seen cutting two protesters from a car that had blocked Victoria Embankment, while campaigners also locked themselves to a mock Trident missile outside the Ministry of Defence

Speaking at the launch of Margaret Thatcher's biography in Whitehall, the prime minister told the climate change activists to abandon their "hemp-smelling bivouacs" and stop blocking roads.

He said: "I am afraid that the security people didn't want me to come along tonight because they said the road was full of uncooperative crusties and protesters of all kinds littering the road.

"They said there was some risk that I would be egged."

a person wearing a red dress: Extinction Rebellion demonstrate outside the BFC Show Space in London © PA Extinction Rebellion demonstrate outside the BFC Show Space in London

Johnson said that the protesters could learn from Thatcher, whom he claimed took climate change seriously "long before Greta Thunberg".

He added: "I hope that when we go out from this place tonight and we are waylaid by importunate nose-ringed climate change protesters, we remind them that she was also right about greenhouse gases...

Extinction Rebellion campaigners bring colour and noise to heart of London

  Extinction Rebellion campaigners bring colour and noise to heart of London Some protesters lay under a trailer as police surrounded vehicles.Extinction Rebellion activists, many in fancy dress, began what they said was two weeks of planned disruption, adopting similar tactics to their previous protest in April.

Boris Johnson ‘deplores’ Extinction Rebellion tactics but says eco-warriors ‘right to rebel’ as London braced for third day of chaos. Other protesters we snapped drinking out of plastic coffee cups on Tuesday. Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, had said police should be more "pro-active" instead

Image. Extinction Rebellion protesters carrying a casket during the mock funeral for fashion last month.CreditAlexander Coggin for The New York Times. LONDON — Last month, on the final day of London Fashion Week

"And the best thing possible for the education of the denizens of the heaving hemp-smelling bivouacs that now litter Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park...  would be for them to stop blocking the traffic and buy a copy of Charles’ [Moore] magnificent book so that they can learn about a true feminist, green and revolutionary who changed the world for the better."

The Counterclaim

However, Extinction Rebellion has responded to Johnson's comments, saying they "made us smile". The prime minister's own family - including his father, Stanley - have openly supported the movement.

Ronan Harrington, a political strategist at Extinction Rebellion, told the Independent : "Boris Johnson’s depiction of us as uncooperative crusties made us smile, it’s not the Boris Johnson we know.

"The prime minister is from a family of committed environmentalists. His father Stanley came out in support of Extinction Rebellion, his partner Carrie is a vocal advocate of action on the climate emergency.

Watch as commuters drag Extinction Rebellion protesters off train roof

  Watch as commuters drag Extinction Rebellion protesters off train roof Commuters were seen fighting back against Extinction Rebellion environment protesters this morning, as an activist was dragged to the floor after climbing on top of a commuter train. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Videos shared on social media appeared to show a number of protesters on top of a Tube train at Canning Town station.Holding a sign which read 'Business as usual = death', the protesters were met with shouting from angry waiting commuters.In another clip, a man was then seen dragging one of the activists to the floor by his foot.

that had joined the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests , and marched it to Trafalgar Square. to police, after they kettled a huge inflatable Octopus, that had joined the Extinction Rebellion (XR) XR demonstrations in the capital have reached their third day, with 600 protesters having been arrested.

Climate crisis activists intend to target 12 areas in central London over next two weeks.

"They are many of the diverse voices that are speaking for the urgent threat that we face."

He added: "Extinction Rebellion of course has hippy activists but we’re also a movement of mums, doctors, lawyers, builders, priests and rabbis that are uncooperative and will continue to make great sacrifices until our three demands are met."

The Facts

The Extinction Rebellion protests in London entered their third day on Wednesday. It is expected that the protests will take place for a fortnight in the capital.

The environmental activists are disrupting life in central London, and other cities around the world, to draw attention to the climate crisis.

The UK group of campaigners have three demands : the government must "tell the truth" by declaring a climate and ecological emergency; the UK should hit net zero emissions by 2025; and the government must create a citizens' assembly on "climate and ecological justice".

The police have already made more than 600 arrests in the past couple of days. Scotland Yard has issued a Section 14 public order notice to protesters at multiple sites. They were warned to move from roadways, or risk arrest.

They were also told to protest at the designated site for Extinction Rebellion at Trafalgar Square. Protesters have been gathering at Whitehall, camping near Downing Street and outside the Home Office and the Business Department.

Some protesters chained themselves together, and others glued their hands to the roadway and government buildings.

Hundreds of police officers from every force in England and Wales have been asked to help Scotland Yard with the protests. According to the National Police Chiefs' Council, 500 officers from 43 forces have been called in.

London is not the only city where protests are expected to take place over the next two weeks. Extinction Rebellion says it expects "peaceful protests" in more than 60 cities around the world, from New Delhi to New York.

Climate protester scales London's Big Ben on final day of action .
Climate protester scales London's Big Ben on final day of actionThe movement has been targeting government buildings, a local airport and financial institutions such as BlackRock to highlight the threat posed by global warming.

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