Extinction Rebellion activists arrested after Commons chamber protest

This was only to be expected. You can’t break into the seat of UK government and cause a scene, and then expect to walk away totally free.

But it does show one thing: it really was completely disproportionate for the Tory government to try to label Extinction Rebellion as a terrorist organisation.

If the group had been terrorists, they would have been able to level the Palace of Westminster from the inside before anybody in authority had a clue what was happening.

And that’s the reason This Writer thinks the arrests really happened: it is humiliating for Parliamentary authorities to discover that anybody can waltz in and superglue themselves to the Speaker’s chair whenever they feel like it.

So here’s what has happened:

Eight people have been arrested after climate activists glued themselves together around the Speaker’s chair in the House of Commons.

The protestors, from Extinction Rebellion UK, were on a guided tour of Parliament when they took the action, a spokeswoman said.

MPs are currently on their summer break, and are due to return next week.

The Met Police said it had launched an investigation into the “full circumstances of the incident”.

It’s an entirely token effort. These people have probably been released already.

One wonders whether their message will be taken as seriously as their presence was?

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