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UK News Extinction Rebellion protest ban: Campaigners launch legal action against police for London-wide Section 14 Order

05:45  17 october  2019
05:45  17 october  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Extinction Rebellion (XR) campaigners have launched legal action after the police controversially prohibited the activists from protesting anywhere in London . Using section 14 of the Public Order Act, officers tried to restrict the protest , originally at 12 sites near Westminster, to the pedestrian area

JUST WATCHED. London bans Extinction Rebellion protests . movement Extinction Rebellion from staging protests , in a move condemned by legal observers and campaigners as a The crackdown comes after London 's Metropolitan Police issued a revised Section 14 order on Monday

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Extinction Rebellion (XR) campaigners have launched legal action after the police controversially prohibited the activists from protesting anywhere in London.

The ban has been criticised by the group and MPs, with some claiming it is unlawful, disproportionate and in breach of freedom of speech.

On Wednesday lawyers for the environmental group submitted an application for a High Court judicial review of the Metropolitan Police's action. The claimants include Caroline Lucas of the Green Party, Labour MPs Clive Lewis and David Drew, and Baroness Jenny Jones, who hope judges will side with them and revoke the London-wide ban.

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Extinction Rebellion protests are continuing in London despite police ordering activists to end The protesters ’ latest actions came after the Metropolitan police imposed conditions under section He added: “The policing operation continues, and we will continue to take action against anyone

Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists yesterday defied a London - wide ban on protests by the The basis cited for the ban Monday evening was a revised Section 14 order , of the Public Order Act On Tuesday, police began demanding several hundred protesters camping at Vauxhall Pleasure The policing operation continues, and we will continue to take action against anyone engaged in

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The escalation comes after the Met attempted to limit XR's action, which has shut down roads, caused delays and resulted in the arrest of more than 1,600 people.

Using section 14 of the Public Order Act, officers tried to restrict the protest, originally at 12 sites near Westminster, to the pedestrian area of Trafalgar Square.

'Continued breaches' of Public Order Act

But Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said the team had to clear the plaza on Monday night after "continued breaches" of the order. The act allows officers to ban a protest if they believe it could seriously disrupt the life of the community.

XR's Autumn Uprising demonstrations, to urge the Government into taking action to tackle climate change, began last week and have gained mass support from the public and celebrities.

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Police have been clearing Extinction Rebellion activists from Trafalgar Square after issuing a London - wide ban on the group's climate change protests . Image caption Protesters gather their belongings as police work to remove the last of the Extinction Rebellion demonstration.

Police clear Extinction Rebellion protesters from Trafalgar Square overnight – video. It came as the Metropolitan police issued a revised section 14 order stating “any assembly linked to However, illegal action by some protestors over the past eight days has put undue pressure on already

Under the order, any assembly - a group of more than two people - linked to the Autumn Uprising is now illegal.

Mr Taylor said he was "completely comfortable" with the action the force has taken and warned activists they would be arrested if they gathered in Trafalgar Square.

"We are very confident that what we've done is entirely lawful, entirely proportionate in the circumstances, and we are completely comfortable with the position that we maintain," he said.

But campaigners defied the ban, with reports of more that 500 activists in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday afternoon.

Among them was Guardian columnist and climate change activist George Monbiot, who was arrested.

Campaigners also visited the offices of Google and YouTube to demonstrate.

Demonstrators, including mothers and babies, take part in a protest organised by Extinction Rebellion, outside of the doors of the Google offices (Photo: Reuters)

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Extinction Rebellion activists are launching legal action against the police over a London - wide Lawyers have questioned the legality of ban , aimed at halting further protests after more than a The Met said that using Section 14 to limit the location and duration of protest action was “not unusual”.

Police have banned Extinction Rebellion protests from continuing anywhere in London , as they moved in almost without warning to clear protesters who remained at the movement’s camp in Trafalgar Square. The Metropolitan police issued a revised section 14 order on Monday night that

'Very disturbing development'

Ms Lucas condemned the ban in an article for Metro: "The police action to clear them from Trafalgar Square on Monday evening is a huge over-reach of police powers, and a very disturbing development.

"If London has been disrupted by the protests over the past few days, the disruption is nothing compared to what we face if we fail to tackle the climate emergency. And I see nothing in Parliament that is addressing the crisis beyond acknowledging that there is an emergency," she added.

A Government spokesman said: "The UK is already taking world-leading action to combat climate change as the first major economy to legislate to end our contribution to global warming entirely by 2050.

"While we share people's concerns about global warming, and respect the right to peaceful protest, it should not disrupt people's day-to-day lives."

So far 1,642 protesters have been arrested, and 133 charged. XR's stated tactics are to overwhelm the capacity of police custody, including by refusing bail after being arrested.

XR protests cost police more than twice as much as violent crime taskforce .
The demonstrations in April and October cost the Met £37m, compared with the £15m annual budget for its violent crime squad.Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told journalists on Tuesday that the cost of the two-week protest action this month had cost £21 million, a bill set to rise by several million pounds.

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