Environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion have revealed plans for protests across the country, to bring attention back to the climate crisis. Where are they planning to protest, and what are their motives? By Sadia Nowshin
When are the protests?
They started at the beginning of the week and are planned to continue across 10 days.
In London, Met Police imposed some measures to keep protests restricted, off the main roads at Parliament Square Gardens, between 8am and 7pm. They’ve imposed the restrictions in order to avoid any “serious disruption to local businesses, commuters and our communities and residents”.
XR have planned to have demonstrations at several landmarks in the capital, including a silent protest outside Buckingham Palace. The London plans include a “carnival of corruption”, taking place outside the treasury, and the “walk of shame” to be held by the Bank of England.
The Met Police have also warned that no vehicles, or even any components of vehicles, can form part of the procession and that anyone who fails to comply with the rules they’ve set, or incites others to break the rules, will be arrested.
Where else are they protesting?
Protests are happening, or are planned to take place, across the UK this coming week. Here’s a list of the demonstrations yet to come: https://extinctionrebellion.uk/act-now/events/.
Over the weekend, demonstrators gathered at various airports in England to protest proposed extension plans. On Monday, demonstrators did a theatrical performance outside of Birmingham’s HSBC bank, where bankers poured crude oil over young activists. HSBC has invested in a number of crude oil companies, and the message from activists was “HSBC… Clean up your act! Invest in our futures! Invest in our planet!”.
XR acknowledges that so far, petitions and voting don’t seem to be having any real effect on the damage society is doing to the planet, so they take a different approach to make people listen: a “non-violent, disruptive civil disobedience – a rebellion”.
Given that disruption is a key part of the demonstration, I’m not sure the Met Police’s calls for the protest to be limited to a quiet side street away from the main roads were ever going to be heeded…