Tories want to ignore climate change for profit – that’s why they call Extinction Rebellion ‘extremist’

On the weekend when the Doctor Who episode was about the dangers of ignoring climate change, the Conservative government is trying to ignore it. Priti Patel defended the decision to order police to include climate activist group Extinction Rebellion on a list of extremist groups. XR has threatened legal action after it was revealed it had been placed on a list of ideologies that should be reported to the authorities running the Prevent anti-radicalisation programme to prevent terrorism. Police now say that was an error. Sir Peter Fahy, who was head…

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Terrorism police listed Extinction Rebellion as extremist. Why does Boris Johnson get off the hook?

I don’t think I can put this better than George Monbiot already has: It's official: those of us who care about the living planet and the future of humanity are extremists, and should be reported to Prevent. Those who couldn't give a shit about other people and the rest of life on Earth are, of course, moderates. — George Monbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot) January 10, 2020 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…

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‘Degrading and humiliating’ – why do police treat disabled people so badly?

The Metropolitan Police has been accused of “degrading and humiliating” treatment of people with disabilities who took part in the Extinction Rebellion protests in London. In isolation, this would be bad enough – but it is just the latest in a series of incidents targeting disabled protesters, by forces across the UK. Now the Met’s independent advisory group says the bullying that took place may have caused “irreparable damage” to relations with disabled people. Stop and think about that. This isn’t just a public relations problem – it’s a disaster…

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92-year-old man arrested while supporting Extinction Rebellion – because the Tories don’t like it

This is the depth to which the UK has sunk under Boris Johnson. John is 91 or 92 years old (it’s not clear from the reports). He came to protest outside the Cabinet Office in London, in support of Extinction Rebellion and because he wants to preserve the environment for his descendents. And he got arrested. Meet John, 92 years old who is getting arrested at Downing Street. Photographed by Ashutosh Joshi — Extinction Rebellion UK 🌍 (@XRebellionUK) October 9, 2019 John is 91 years old and has just…

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Hypocrisy of lawbreaker Johnson as he tells police to use ‘full force of law’ on Extinction Rebellion

I’m with Tom London (of Twitter fame) on this one. He tweeted: “Hmm… Johnson broke the law. “Johnson openly and provocatively threatened to break the law again. “And now he has the gall to ask police to “use full force of law” against Extinction Rebellion.” Good point! Put another way: Boris Johnson – what a two-faced hypocrite! Boris Johnson has urged police to “use the full force of the law” to deal with climate change protesters. Extinction Rebellion is currently blocking streets around London and has taken over Westminster and…

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Six arrested for painting Brazilian embassy red in protest at Amazon deforestation

“Climate-change protesters threw red paint at the Brazilian embassy in London on Tuesday to demonstrate against damage to the Amazon rainforest and what they described as violence against indigenous tribes living there.” Activists vandalise #Brazil's #London embassy to protest #Amazon deforestation #ExtinctionRebellion — Ruptly (@Ruptly) August 13, 2019 Today in London #ExtinctionRebellion occupied the balcony of the Embassy of Brazil to protest the on-going attacks on the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, which have taken on a new intensity recently! Justica e ecologia 👶🏾⚖️🌳 — Extinction Rebellion London…

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Greta Thunberg: Critics can’t beat her with reason so they have fallen back on insult

The silly season has arrived early this year. Extinction Rebellion has announced that its protest in London will end on Thursday with a day of disruption and a closing ceremony. The organisation that spent nine days organising peaceful mass civil disobedience said it would leave its remaining blockades after opening up “a space for truth-telling” – and it was time to spread this space both locally, nationally and internationally. One of the highlights of the protest was the visit by Greta Thunberg, whose speech at the United Nations Climate Change…

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Javid and other MPs opposing Extinction Rebellion protests are on the wrong side of history

It seems perfectly clear to me. All the Tory government has to do to end the Extinction Rebellion protests is take action to halt the planetary harm that causes climate change. Face it: the disruption to the lives of Londoners that is happening at the moment is tiny, compared to the disruption that will happen to everybody – and I mean everybody – if oblivious fat cat industrialists aren’t forced to stop thinking about their profits and start thinking about the planet. Instead, Sajid Javid has said he wants police to…

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Commons exposure for climate change threat as protestors lay it all bare

Activists from Extinction Rebellion made the debate on Brexit “indicative” votes a lot more interesting when they stripped off to draw attention to the “elephant in the room” – climate change and the ecological crisis. They made their way to the front of the public gallery and pressed their posteriors against the glass partition as Labour’s Peter Kyle opened the debate for his motion for any Brexit deal to be subjected to a confirmatory public vote before Parliament acts on it. Nude protestors storm public gallery in parliament —…

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