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Ireland Extinction Rebellion activists bring protests to Penneys and Brown Thomas

19:00  09 october  2019
19:00  09 october  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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EXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVISTS brought their protest to Penneys and Brown Thomas stores in Dublin, staging a fashion show on O’Connell Street this afternoon. Protesters assembled around a mock fashion catwalk outside Penneys on the third day in a global week of action by the group.

In Dublin, meanwhile, Extinction Rebellion protesters have set up at camp for the week at Merrion Square. Yesterday, activists brought their protest to Penneys and Brown Thomas stores in Dublin, staging a fashion show on O’Connell Street. Protesters assembled around a mock fashion catwalk

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EXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVISTS brought the protest to Penneys and Brown Thomas stores in Dublin, staging their own fashion show on O’Connell Street this afternoon.

Protesters assembled around a mock fashion catwalk outside Penneys on the third day in a global week of action by the group. 

a group of people standing in front of a crowd © Extinction Rebellion Ireland The group quickly moved off after they realised they were blocking a bus lane, and someone noted the group are supportive of public transport.

They then entered the store and marched through, singing about fast fashion and playing loud music on a speaker.

One man on a megaphone told customers about the effects of fast fashion on the environment, noting they were not judging the workers, and their protest was nonviolent.

Stanley Johnson, father of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaks at an Extinction Rebellion panel on climate change in Trafalgar Square, on the third day of ongoing demonstrations in London, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Police are reporting they have arrested more than 500 people since the start of two weeks of protests as the Extinction Rebellion group attempts to draw attention to global warming .(AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © Catalyst Images Stanley Johnson, father of the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaks at an Extinction Rebellion panel on climate change in Trafalgar Square, on the third day of ongoing demonstrations in London, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Police are reporting they have arrested more than 500 people since the start of two weeks of protests as the Extinction Rebellion group attempts to draw attention to global warming .(AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Fashion retailers have come under intense scrutiny in the last year from environmental activists, as second only to oil, the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world, and produces nearly 20% of global waste water.

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According to the Ellen McArthur Foundation, clothing production has approximately doubled in the last 15 years, while the annual value of clothing discarded prematurely is more than €350 billion.

Brands like Pennys, Boohoo, and Pretty Little Thing, who produce large amounts of inexpensive clothing have all been the target of ire by those concerned about the planet.

a group of people walking in front of a crowd © Brian Lawless

Speaking outside Pennys, Cillian Byrne from Glasnevin told watching crowds: “The problem is fast fashion, in Ireland alone 220,000 tones of clothes are thrown out every year.

“This means rising sea levels, which means bye bye for lots of people in Ireland. Speaking of water, dyeing clothes is responsible for 20% of water pollution. These chemicals are extremely toxic to human beings, is it worth it?

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The group encouraged the public to shop second hand or vintage, and be mindful of the clothes they buy and dispose of.

The group also entered the Brown Thomas department store on Grafton Street as part of the protest. 

Dublin’s Extinction Rebellion contingent has been relatively peaceful in its protests which began on Monday.

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Tuesday evening saw a number of protesters forcibly lifted and carried away by the garda public order unit, who were attempting to clear Kildare Street in order for politicians to leave the Dáil, as activists had settled in front of the main gates.

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The protestors sang: “Gardaí, we love you, we’re doing this for your children too” as a number of men and women were carried away in order to clear the roadway.

- With reporting by Michelle Hennessy.

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