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According to official advice to the police, John, 92, who was arrested for protesting about climate change outside the Cabinet Office, should be treated in the same way as terrorists who want to blow it up.

I don’t think I can put this better than George Monbiot already has:

I wonder if Greta Thunberg, who changed her Twitter handle to “Sharon” after a mistake by a contestant on Celebrity Mastermind, will now change it to “Terrorist Sharon” as a result of this deliberate directive?

Here’s The Guardian:

Counter-terrorism police placed the non-violent group Extinction Rebellion (XR) on a list of extremist ideologies that should be reported to the authorities running the Prevent programme, which aims to catch those at risk of committing atrocities, the Guardian has learned.

The climate emergency campaign group was included in a 12-page guide produced by counter-terrorism police in the south-east titled Safeguarding young people and adults from ideological extremism, which is marked as “official”.

XR featured alongside threats to national security such as neo-Nazi terrorism and a pro-terrorist Islamist group. The guide, aimed at police officers, government organisations and teachers who by law have to report concerns about radicalisation, was dated last November.

So there you have it.

As far as the UK’s police services are concerned, caring for the environment is an extremist ideology whose adherents should be treated as though they are terrorists.

Conversely, a lunatic who supports fracking, who supports the UK’s dependence on fossil fuels, and who (if reports are correct) has been ordered to ignore the reality of climate change if he wants a (toxic) trade deal with Donald Trump, is just fine and dandy to be our prime minister.

We live in a time of madness.

Source: Terrorism police list Extinction Rebellion as extremist ideology | UK news | The Guardian

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