Extinction Rebellion activists are plotting two more weeks of protests as they ramp up campaigning after Covid lockdowns
- Extinction Rebellion is planning to disrupt the City of London, the Bank of England and high street banks next week to demonstrate against global warming
- In 2019, the group paralysed central London at a cost of £37million to taxpayers
- The climate protest group is planning two weeks of disruption from next Monday and the City of London is its target
Extinction Rebellion is planning to disrupt the City of London, the Bank of England and high street banks next week to demonstrate against global warming.
In 2019, the radical climate protest group paralysed central London at a cost of £37million to taxpayers.
Since the pandemic, the group has been unable to carry out large scale action.
But yesterday it said it would relaunch its mass street protests – although it claimed it would not target public transport this time.
In 2019, the radical climate protest group paralysed central London at a cost of £37million to taxpayers
In a news conference, Extinction Rebellion ignored the concerns of the ordinary public and said it would not be giving away too many details about the two weeks of disruption planned to start next Monday because it did not want to alert the police to their plans.
The group said the City of London was its target and it would carry out ‘site occupations’. It also threatened digital action against branches of HSBC and Barclays.
Asked to specify their targets in the City, a member of XR Anneka Sutcliffe said: ‘We will be focusing a lot on the City of London, that particular square mile.
‘Because if that square mile was put on par with other countries in the world it would be ranked as the ninth biggest carbon emitter.
‘That’s just how much investment and regulation how much power it has in terms of investing in fossil fuels.’
Of specific targets, she said: ‘I’m not going to name them all. There’s lots. You can use your imagination, You know, in that Square Mile, the obvious ones.
‘The Bank of England have huge power over regulating all the other banks in the country.’
She added: ‘We will be launching local actions as well on Barclays, these will take the form of Digital Rebellion…so people who are stuck at home with COVID like me right now will be able to take part online as well.’ Local branches of HSBC would also be a targeted she added.
Extinction Rebellion environmental activists at Trafalgar Square as Disclosure perform in 2019
In April, six XR activists smashed windows at HSBC headquarters in Canary Wharf, over links between the bank and funding the fossil fuel industry. All were later acquitted by a jury for causing criminal damage.
During the press conference, the group held a minute’s silence for those who had lost their lives and families in floods in Germany, wildfires in Greece and extreme heat in the US and Canada.
XR declined to comment on what changes they wanted to see from individuals.
Previously the group has said it wants to see Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, 25 years earlier than the government’s target of 2050.
Yesterday XR protesters blockaded an ExxonMobil refinery in Fawley, Hampshire.
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