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US News Arrest Us, Please! Extinction Rebellion’s Path to Success

11:40  09 october  2019
11:40  09 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

'Disruptions' expected today as week-long climate protest kicks off in Dublin and around the world

  'Disruptions' expected today as week-long climate protest kicks off in Dublin and around the world Members of Extinction Rebellion Ireland will set up roadblocks and a campsite from midday in the city centre.Members of Extinction Rebellion (XR) Ireland will set up roadblocks and a campsite from midday for what is being described as a week-long “festival of civil disobedience”.

Climate activists gathered on Westminster Bridge, next to Britain’ s Parliament, during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London on Monday.Credit Alberto Pezzali/Associated Press.

Extinction Rebellion has threatened further acts of disruption at London City Airport, a far smaller transit hub favored by business travelers. Melanie Edwards, 48, a Welsh activist who was among those arrested in September in the Heathrow action, said that Extinction Rebellion ’ s tactics explained its.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Climate activists gathered on Westminster Bridge, next to Britain’s Parliament, during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London on Monday. © Alberto Pezzali/Associated Press Climate activists gathered on Westminster Bridge, next to Britain’s Parliament, during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London on Monday.

LONDON — In February 2015, Simon Bramwell climbed into a tree near Bristol, in southwest England, to prevent workmen from cutting down a whole row of trees for a bus lane.

“I’m terrified of heights, so it was quite a prospect,” Mr. Bramwell, 47, said in a telephone interview.

Along with other activists, he made platforms to sit on, then spent days and nights in the trees. He relieved himself in a bucket. It was so cold, he added, that he often woke up with frost in his beard.

Climate change protesters shut down parts of Dublin city in 'last resort' actions

  Climate change protesters shut down parts of Dublin city in 'last resort' actions Paul McCormack-Cooney, an Extinction Rebellion organiser, said: 'We don’t want to be doing this, we don’t want to camp out in the rain and cold, but we have tried everything else'Hundreds of environmental activists took part in protests through Dublin city on Monday as part of the wider Extinction Rebellion group’s week of action to highlight the climate emergency, which will see similar events take place in major cities across the world.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) have announced they are switching disruptive tactics for political negotiations as they enter a second week of campaigning to have the Government declare a climate emergency. The number of people arrested in connection with the protests has hit 1

So far Extinction Rebellion has counted 222 arrests -- and thousands have declared they are willing to be arrested , or even go to prison, to demand Method to the madness. Extinction Rebellion claims their actions are based on research into how to use "non-violent civil disobedience to achieve

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The protesters were evicted after a few weeks, and the trees were cut down. But that failure set Mr. Bramwell on a new path. “It was this hammer blow of, ‘O.K., that’s it, I’m done with this kind of organizing,’” he said. “‘There’s got to be a different way.’”

Three years later, following numerous meetings with like-minded activists and research into methods of achieving social change, Mr. Bramwell and 20 others assembled in a cafe in Bristol to discuss how to proceed.

a man standing in front of a store: Simon Bramwell was arrested after blocking a door of the Shell Oil building in London in April. © Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Simon Bramwell was arrested after blocking a door of the Shell Oil building in London in April. It was, he said, the first official meeting of Extinction Rebellion, the climate activist group that in its short existence has arguably become the most prominent and radical climate movement worldwide. The approach those activists hit upon — using nonviolent mass disruption to increase awareness of climate change and force action on the issue — has catapulted the group to worldwide recognition and leadership on the issue.

Extinction Rebellion activists bring protests to Penneys and Brown Thomas

  Extinction Rebellion activists bring protests to Penneys and Brown Thomas Extinction Rebellion activists bring protests to Penneys and Brown ThomasEXTINCTION REBELLION ACTIVISTS brought the protest to Penneys and Brown Thomas stores in Dublin, staging their own fashion show on O’Connell Street this afternoon.

Extinction Rebellion protesters on the streets of London have been labelled "uncooperative crusties" by Prime "I hope that when we go out from this place tonight and we are waylaid by importunate Extinction Rebellion claims protests in the capital will be five times bigger than similar events in April

Extinction Rebellion activists say they have left London' s Trafalgar Square after police issued a Previously, protesters had been warned by police to protest only in Trafalgar Square or risk arrest . "There isn't anything more that we 're doing here in Extinction Rebellion than being aware that

On Monday, members of Extinction Rebellion shut down roads and bridges around Parliament in London and said they would occupy the sites for up to two weeks, resisting efforts by the police on Tuesday to move them to Trafalgar Square, another prominent site where they would have less effect on traffic.

Boris Johnson, Britain’s voluble prime minister, has called them “uncooperative crusties” — a synonym for hippies — and urged “importunate nose-ringed climate change protesters” to clear the roads.

a man sitting on a motorcycle in front of a building: Police preparing to remove activists from the roof of a train at Canary Wharf station in London in April. © Daniel Leal-Olivas/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Police preparing to remove activists from the roof of a train at Canary Wharf station in London in April. It was the second time Extinction Rebellion had shut parts of London in six months. In April, the group installed a bright pink boat emblazoned with the words “Tell the Truth” in Oxford Circus, a junction at the heart of a major shopping district.

Passengers grounded after Extinction Rebellion protester 'infiltrates' Dublin-bound London flight

  Passengers grounded after Extinction Rebellion protester 'infiltrates' Dublin-bound London flight The man – who said he was “extremely sorry” for inconveniencing passengers – was later restrained by police and removed.A DUBLIN-BOUND flight from London City Airport was grounded this morning after an Extinction Rebellion protester “infiltrated” the airplane.

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The group’s actions this week stretched outside London, too, with protests blocking roads as far afield as Germany, Australia, the Netherlands and New York.

In a major departure from past British climate movements, the group urges its members to try to get arrested so they can use the judicial system as a platform to force change. They tell the police about all actions in advance and view police officers as equal victims of the climate crisis. At least 280 activists were arrested in London on Monday, the police said, adding to more than 1,000 who were arrested during the April protests.

The group also calls for actions to focus on capital cities to maximize disruption, rather than more traditional sites of climate protest like power stations.

Roger Hallam, one of the group’s co-founders, who is widely seen as the driving force behind its tactics, recommends that activists emulate past movements like the United States civil rights movement and the Yellow Vests in France. “We need only a few hundred thousand people to actively break the law and/or support such activities to put us in the ballpark of structural change,” he wrote in a 78-page document, built on his research as a doctoral student, explaining why such protests were needed.

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  Extinction Rebellion tube violence shows emotion among commuters runs high Anger often comes from fear.

Police clear Extinction Rebellion protesters from Trafalgar Square overnight – video. More than 1,400 people have been arrested during eight days of XR action, with the threat that anyone “ We have made significant progress in managing Extinction Rebellion ’ s activity at sites across central

“ Arrest Us , Please ! Extinction Rebellion ’ s Path to Success — In barely a year, the group’s tactics have propelled it from a Extinction Rebellion ’ s blunt language and apocalyptic message were also critical, Mr. Bramwell said, because they reflected how many people feel about climate change.

a group of people standing next to a fence: Activists sprayed fake blood outside the Treasury building in London this month. © Simon Dawson/Reuters Activists sprayed fake blood outside the Treasury building in London this month. Mr. Hallam also recommends hunger strikes, like the one he undertook to push his university to divest from fossil fuel companies.

While the group’s actions may seem stronger and far more annoying than those of Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist from Sweden, and the School Strike movement, it has so far been largely tolerated in Britain.

In July, Policy Exchange, a right-leaning think tank, issued a report calling Extinction Rebellion “an extremist organization,” but acknowledging that it was enjoying a “honeymoon” period with the public, politicians and celebrities.

Extinction Rebellion has received support from high-profile figures like the band Radiohead, who donated proceeds from a set of tracks to the group, and Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury. In May, the British Parliament declared a “climate emergency”; governments doing so is one of the group’s three demands.

Needless to say, XR, as its members call the group, has come a long way from tree protests.

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Mr. Bramwell said its success was far from guaranteed. In its first months, there were sometimes only a handful of people at its meetings. But growth suddenly “snowballed.” That was the result of a number of factors, he said, from the group’s striking hourglass logo to simply “hitting that zeitgeist moment.”

The group’s first major event — a “declaration of rebellion” outside Parliament, attended by Ms. Thunberg — occurred weeks after the publication of a United Nations report saying that a climate crisis would arrive by 2040.

Extinction Rebellion’s blunt language and apocalyptic message were also critical, Mr. Bramwell said, because they reflected how many people feel about climate change. “Children are facing the bleakest of bloody futures,” he added.

Members regularly talk about the future in “end of days” terms. “We won’t survive long as we are,” said Dave Buchan, 37, protesting on Lambeth Bridge, London, on Monday, adding that food rationing would be needed.

It was Mr. Bramwell who suggested using the word “extinction” in the group’s name, emphasizing the grave nature of the threat as well as concern about wildlife and habitat. “It’s completely the opposite of Greenpeace,” he said.

Indeed, one of Extinction Rebellion’s first actions, last October, was to occupy Greenpeace’s offices in London. Activists entered the building, handed out flowers and read out a statement urging the older organization to support mass disruption.

“Failure to do things differently, when everything is failing, can only be described as complicity,” the statement said.

O'Shea Jackson Jr. et al. walking on a city street: Extinction Rebellion protesters in New York on Monday. © Stephanie Keith for The New York Times Extinction Rebellion protesters in New York on Monday. Extinction Rebellion campaigners continually debate whether actions should be undertaken that might risk alienating the public. There is “a constant waltz” between members who want more direct action and those who don’t want to annoy the public, Mr. Bramwell said.

In April, there was heated discussion over whether to target London’s public transport system. In the end, two activists stood on the roof of one train. A plan to fly drones in an exclusion zone around Heathrow Airport was also dropped after internal debate, though it was carried out in September by members using the name Heathrow Pause.

Extinction Rebellion has threatened further acts of disruption at London City Airport, a far smaller transit hub favored by business travelers.

Melanie Edwards, 48, a Welsh activist who was among those arrested in September in the Heathrow action, said that Extinction Rebellion’s tactics explained its success.

“You can have a million people marching through the city each week and no one cares,” she said, “but you block a road, people stand up and take notice.” Such activities have also inspired people to join, she added.

Perhaps the best way to see the movement’s impact is not on London’s streets or online, where it has hundreds of thousands of followers, but at the City of London Magistrates’ Court in the heart of London’s financial district.

a statue of a person jumping in the air: A mural of the Extinction Rebellion logo in London. © Henry Nicholls/Reuters A mural of the Extinction Rebellion logo in London. There, every Friday for the past two months, several courtrooms have been dedicated to processing Extinction Rebellion members arrested during April’s protests for disobeying a police order to move on. Some 279 cases had been concluded by Oct. 4, Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said in an email, with 478 yet to be finished, 295 of those adjourned for trial.

One day recently, a young man wearing a suit — his only one, bought while at university, he said — waited nervously outside a courtroom along with about a dozen other activists. He did not want to be interviewed, he said, because he was worried his employer would find out.

Inside, his hands shook as he pleaded guilty then read out a statement to the judge and a handful of supporters. He had become aware of the climate crisis during school geography lessons, he said.

Shortly afterward, Vanessa Stevenson, 58, a gardener who had traveled several hours south from Derbyshire for the hearing, pleaded guilty too. The police had found her “lying on an inflatable mattress under an Extinction Rebellion banner” in Parliament Square, the prosecutor said. She had refused to leave.

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Ms. Stevenson read out her own statement, saying among other things that her daughter had promised not to have children because of climate change. “We are supposed to make the world a better place for our children, not use up their future,” she said, starting to cry.

After Ms. Stevenson finished her speech, the judge thanked her and the other two defendants. “I understand why you did it,” he added, but then pointed out they had still broken the law and fined them each 85 pounds, plus a victim surcharge, a total of about $130.

Outside, Ms. Stevenson said the fine would not deter her from joining protests. “I have to,” she said. “Until things change, I’ve got to keep doing this.”

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