A group of middle class, white-collar eco-activists will barricade bridges, smash windows and spray graffiti during ‘a day of rebellion’ on the streets of London today to force the government to impose radical new laws on climate change.
Five bridges across the Thames – Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges – will be blocked off during the day of havoc organised by Extinction Rebellion (ER).
Music teachers, civil servants and retired psychologists are among the protesters who’ve been trained by ER to get themselves arrested while inflicting damage across the capital.
Demonstrators on Westminster Bridge in London for a protest called by Extinction Rebellion to raise awareness of the dangers posed by climate change
Music teachers, civil servants and retired psychologists are among the protesters that have been trained by the direct action group to get themselves arrested
Radical eco activists from Extinction Rebellion (pictured demonstrating against fracking in Westminster on Monday) will wreak havoc on the streets of London today
They plan to block off bridges, smash windows and spray graffiti during their crime spree (pictured, they targeted the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs office this week)
Roman, an anti-fracking protestor from Extinction Rebellion, superglued himself to the door of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy this week in a protest that saw around 50 ER members arrested
A Times reporter attended a meeting where the ER leadership said ‘smashing windows and spraying graffiti’ was on the agenda.
The activists’ aim is to force the government to introduce ‘legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025’.
Being ‘net zero’ means that any remaining carbon emissions are balanced by technology that removes and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere so that we leave no carbon footprint.
ER has been backed by Julia Bradbury, from the BBC’s Watchdog (which investigated criminal and fraudulent behaviour), Lord Williams of Oystermouth, the ex-Archbishop of Canterbury, and The Guardian’s George Monbiot.
An ER protester is taken away by police officers after holding a demonstration outside Downing Street
Police officers had to physically carry the climate change protesters who refused to move
Richard Black, director of the Energy And Climate Intelligence Unit, told the Times there was ‘no chance’ the group would achieve their 2025 target of carbon neutrality, because it would mean banning commercial flights, scrapping 38 million petrol and diesel vehicles and taking away 26 million boilers from Brits’ homes.
On Monday, around 50 of ER’s activists were arrested when they chained and superglued themselves to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in Westminster.
Some of the protesters barged into the building through a side entrance and painted the group’s logo on a number of glass panels.
Activists from Extinction Rebellion during an anti-fracking protest outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Other activists superglued their hands to the revolving doors of the department and locked their arms together with plastic tubes to ensure they could not be easily moved.
On Wednesday, twenty-seven protesters were arrested for trying to block Downing Street.
The activists dropped two banners from Westminster Bridge reading Climate Change and We’re F****d.
They later tried to block the entrance to Downing Street, holding up food containers reading ‘food shortages coming’, with some lying on the ground and one gluing himself to a fence.
The protesters then moved on to a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs office and spray painted a wall with the message: ‘Climate emergency. Frack off. Climate breakdown equals starvation.’