Extinction Rebellion suspends ‘public disruption’ tactics
A statement from XR read:
As we ring in the new year, we make a controversial resolution to temporarily shift away from public disruption as a primary tactic.
This year, we prioritise attendance over arrest and relationships over roadblocks, as we stand together and become impossible to ignore.
While recognising “the power of disruption to raise the alarm”, the activists said the group would now focus on disrupting “the abuse of power and imbalance” by demanding politicians end fossil-fuel use.
XR is calling for 100,000 people to demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on 21 April.
The group’s actions have infuriated the Conservative government and much of the media, among others. Many activists have been arrested, and the government is pursuing plans to further outlaw XR’s protest tactics.
However, in its latest statement, the group argued:
The latest draconian attempt by the government to shut down and criminalise effective protest is only increasing public sympathy toward brave activists using their voices to stand up for justice and the loving protection of all humanity.
XR has been joined in its fight by radical groups such as Insulate Britain and Just Stop Oil. Activists from the latter group splashed soup on the glass covering Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘The Sunflowers’ at London’s National Gallery in October.
Additional reporting via Agence France-Presse
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