Ireland: 'As long as it’s done peacefully I think that’s really important' - Zappone backs Extinction Rebellion protests - PressFrom - United Kingdom
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Ireland 'As long as it’s done peacefully I think that’s really important' - Zappone backs Extinction Rebellion protests

17:00  09 october  2019
17:00  09 october  2019 Source:   independent.ie

'Our aim is to get people arrested': Climate activists gear up for week-long protest on streets of Dublin

  'Our aim is to get people arrested': Climate activists gear up for week-long protest on streets of Dublin 'Our aim is to get people arrested': Climate activists gear up for week-long protest on streets of DublinMembers of the Extinction Rebellion group will set up roadblocks and a campsite from midday next Monday for what is being described as a week-long “festival of civil disobedience”.

“ I think Extinction Rebellion is extremely important ,” Edward Maibach Extinction Rebellion has blocked five central London landmarks in protest against government inaction on climate change. “We don’t want to be doom and gloom, but we also think it ’ s really , really important to use

In turn Extinction Rebellion knows that when it instructs its posh friends to jump, their answer But as long as the performers enjoy backing of the media, the cultural elites, a significant section of the Unlike real protests which always incur serious risks, this week’ s performance is unlikely to costs the

a group of people walking on a city street: Call to action: Extinction Rebellion protesters outside Government Buildings in Dublin yesterday. Photos: Gerry Mooney © Gerry Mooney Call to action: Extinction Rebellion protesters outside Government Buildings in Dublin yesterday. Photos: Gerry Mooney

MINISTER Katherine Zappone has said she supports the Extinction Rebellion climate action protest and revealed she visited their camp adding: "it was beautiful to see".

The climate activists have set up camp on Dublin's Merrion Square and have caused some traffic disruption in the city.

Ms Zappone said such disruption is often the impact of protests adding: "As long as it’s done peacefully I think that’s really important."

She said the Extinction Rebellion protesters have been peaceful.

A climate action march set to take place in Dublin as Extinction Rebellion Ireland launches Rebellion Week

  A climate action march set to take place in Dublin as Extinction Rebellion Ireland launches Rebellion Week A climate action march set to take place in Dublin as Extinction Rebellion Ireland launches Rebellion WeekExtinction Rebellion activists will set off on a “Climate March” at 1pm from the gates of Dail Eireann to kick off their "Rebellion Week" as part of a global wave of climate change protests.

Extinction Rebellion has grown very quickly and there are large numbers of people who want to give their time for free because they realise the urgency of the situation. We even have individuals who have given up their paid jobs in order to work for Extinction Rebellion .

“ I think it ’ s a disgrace the protesters have impacted this event like this — there doesn’t seem to be Extinction Rebellion protesters demonstrate at Whitehall on Tuesday morningCredit: Reuters. Last week the Met warned that the protests were taking officers away from other vital roles in the capital

Ms Zappone said she has had to change her commuting plans and added that she left an hour early for an appearance on RTÉ last night.

a close up of a person wearing a mask: Big winner: Green policies have been adopted by the Government, which will benefit the Green Party. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan Big winner: Green policies have been adopted by the Government, which will benefit the Green Party. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan

However, she said she did this: "because I support the protests".

Ms Zappone, the children minister, visited the camp today ahead of her press conference on the additional €94m her Department secured in the Budget.

She said €2m will go towards youth services including the creation of a special fund for youth action on climate justice.

a group of people standing around each other: Ring of steel: Gardaí monitor the crowd as Extinction Rebellion demonstrators lie and sit outside Government Buildings on Budget Day in Dublin yesterday. © PA Wire Ring of steel: Gardaí monitor the crowd as Extinction Rebellion demonstrators lie and sit outside Government Buildings on Budget Day in Dublin yesterday. Ms Zappone said there has been "unprecedented youth mobilisation" in relation to fears over climate change.

Extinction Rebellion begins week of action with march through Dublin

  Extinction Rebellion begins week of action with march through Dublin Extinction Rebellion begins week of action with march through DublinThe activists are preparing to set up camp in Merrion Square Park and plan various events for the week ahead.

Nathan has been working with Extinction Rebellion as an organiser, which he said had been an We have been peacefully demonstrating about this issue for so long with no impact that I think this is our last “ I ’m here because I ’ve got grandchildren and I really think something has to be done ,” she said.

Climate activists from the Extinction Rebellion (XR) group are attempting to block and disrupt access to several roads, public spaces and government buildings.

She referred to climate action measures in the Budget and said: "I believe we wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing today without the young people."

Ms Zappone said that on her way to the press conference she spotted a gap in the barricades at the Extinction Rebellion adding: "So I went in and it was beautiful to see".

She said: "Once upon a time I sat in a circle too especially in and around Greenham Common [anti-nuclear protests]".

a group of people wearing costumes: Call to action: Extinction Rebellion protesters outside Government Buildings in Dublin yesterday. Photos: Gerry Mooney © Gerry Mooney Call to action: Extinction Rebellion protesters outside Government Buildings in Dublin yesterday. Photos: Gerry Mooney Ms Zappone said she introduced herself and asked what the protesters wanted.

She asked them to look "deeply" at the detail of the Budget and "if there’s any progress in terms of what we’ve done in that regard."

She said the protesters told her they would.

The Budget includes a €6-per-tonne hike in the carbon tax with the €90m in increased funds raised to be used for climate action measures.

Every force in England and Wales to help Met with climate demos

  Every force in England and Wales to help Met with climate demos Hundreds of police officers from every force in England and Wales will come to London to help the Met handle the Extinction Rebellion protests. The National Police Chiefs Council has confirmed to Sky News that 500 officers will join Scotland Yard from all 43 forces.Hundreds of officers - from forces including Devon and Cornwall, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire - have already arrived in the capital following the Yard's call for mutual aid assistance to with continued significant disruption from climate change protests in London.

To survive, it ' s going to take everything we've got. I give my consent to Extinction Rebellion to get in touch with me via phone or email using the information I have provided in this form, for the purpose of news, updates, and rebellion .

“ It ’ s one of the nicest things that has been said about me for a long time. A non-cooperative crusty, absolutely superb – do they taste good? That ’ s my thought , I think they do .” Johnson suggested that environmental protesters had Margaret Thatcher to thank for beginning moves to tackle pollution.

Katherine Zappone posing for the camera: Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone (Niall Carson/PA) © PA Archive/PA Images Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone (Niall Carson/PA)

This has been criticised by environmentalists for not going far enough.

It also includes an extra €21m for overseas aid which Ms Zappone said will help developing countries that climate change impacts most.

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They're back: Extinction Rebellion protesters build pyramid in Oxford Circus .
Extinction Rebellion protesters have built a pyramid in Oxford Circus - as activists who halted trains by climbing on them yesterday appear in court. Protesters blocked off the junction on the UK's busiest shopping street with banners before quickly erecting bamboo poles in a pyramid shape, with a tree branch hanging from the middle of it.Some of the protesters locked themselves to the structure to raise awareness of the climate emergency.Others attached themselves to each other with pipes as they lay on the ground around the pyramid with Extinction Rebellion flags on them.

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