On Saturday, the group held a “protest of one” roadblock to protest the government’s lack of action on climate change.
Extinction Rebellion (XR), a lobbying group, is using “dangerous tactics in the name of environmentalism,” according to Home Secretary Priti Patel. On Saturday, the group held a “protest of one” roadblock to protest the government’s lack of action on climate change.
Ms Patel slammed XR just days after six Extinction Rebellion demonstrators were acquitted of criminal damage to Shell’s London headquarters, despite the judge instructing jurors that they had no legal defense.
“I would not be delivering on my pledge to the law-abiding majority if I stood by while Extinction Rebellion employed risky tactics in the name of environmentalism,” she told The Sun on Sunday.The protests on Saturday were timed to coincide with a number of protests against the PoliceCrime Sentencing and Courts Bill.
The bill was drafted in part in reaction to XR’s and the Black Lives Matter movement’s previous violent actions.
The proposed law would allow police in England and Wales more authority to enforce conditions on nonviolent demonstrations, such as those that are too loud or a nuisance, with those that are convicted facing fines or prison time.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Ms Patel said: “The powers will help the police to balance the rights of protesters to demonstrate peacefully against the rights of others to go about their daily business, and to dedicate their resources to keeping the public safe.
“That is democracy in action.”
Source: Evening Standard