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US News Extinction Rebellion 'regretful' after violence breaks out during Canning Town Tube station protests

20:25  17 october  2019
20:25  17 october  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Extinction Rebellion has said it is "regretful" for the violence which occurred this morning during a Tube station protest in London, where two activists were pulled from the roof of a train.

Video shot by onlookers revealed a pair of protesters stood atop of a train at Canning Town station, holding a sign that read "Business as usual = Death".

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Hundreds of angry commuters can be heard shouting at the activists to get down, while others hurled objects at them.

Then, as tensions escalated, a man can be seen dragging one of the activists off the train to the floor by his foot.

a group of people standing around a plane: Extinction Rebellion protesters dragged from roof of London Underground train © Holly Collins/ITV London Extinction Rebellion protesters dragged from roof of London Underground train

The protester appears to kick the commuter, as he attempts to stay on top of the train.  

A cameraman who was filming the event also claims he suffered cuts and bruises in an unprompted attack.

In a video posted to Facebook, Elliot Laughlin has spoken of the “mob mentality” which left him "beaten up" by a crowd of people at the station.

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He said: “The activists climbed on top of the train and the London mob mentality went crazy.

“They turned on me, they threw me from the chair that I was stood on and you can see 14 minutes into the video I just posted, someone comes at me, they throw me down on the ground.

a close up of a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Elliot Laughlin said he was filming the protest when he was caught up in the violence. © Elliot Laughlin Elliot Laughlin said he was filming the protest when he was caught up in the violence.

“My camera and tripod fell, then all you can see from when the camera cuts out, until I resume the footage once the attack was over, is just feet raining down upon me.

The camera man said he "had nothing to do with planning the action" and was only attending to film it.

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After a frenzy of debate on social media about protest, Extinction Rebellion has said it is "regretful" that the event transpired as it did.

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In a statement, they wrote: "It is regretful that there was violence at today’s action at Canning Town tube station. We would like to express our sadness that events escalated this way.

"We are aware that one of our activists responded in self defence in a moment of panic when confronted by a threatening situation. He acknowledges his accountability for this action and we offer gratitude for members of the public who helped to protect him."

The group added that it was aware it had disrupted the lives of many commuters and said it will be "looking at ways to bring people together rather than create an unnecessary division."

It continued: "We are aware that this action was divisive. We are a broad and diverse movement with a wide range of views, and are aware that many people were not for this action. Those that acted this morning planned their action autonomously, within Extinction Rebellion’s principles and values, centred around nonviolence and compassion."

They said they remain fully committed to non-violence.

British Transport Police said eight arrests have been made so far in relation to the event, with each person arrested on suspicion of obstructing the railway with attempt.

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