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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

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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.

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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.

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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...

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Extinction Rebellion protesters , activists and legal observers have told Guardian reporters some of those arrested are being taken to police stations outside London, with several saying demonstrators are being taken to Luton, while others mentioned Brighton and Essex.

Extinction Rebellion activists have staged colorful demonstrations, pulled eye-catching stunts and shut down roads as part of a worldwide protest to demand more Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters demonstrate during a rally in Trafalgar Square in London on Wednesday, October 16.

"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.

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EXTINCTION Rebellion has been mocked on Twitter today after eco-warriors were confronted by angry London commuters while trying to block Tube and DLR In nearby Shadwell, protesters were grilled by furious commuters, who branded one campaigner a "f***ing idiot" for blocking an electric train.

Extinction Rebellion protesters blocked traffic and glued themselves to cars. Sarah Lasenby, an 81-year-old retired social worker among the arrested, told the Associated Press, "It is imperative the government should take serious actions and put pressure on other states and global powers to

"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.

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