Angry London rush hour commuters drag climate-change protesters off the top of idle subway – National Post

Angry London rush hour commuters drag climate-change protesters off the top of idle subway - National Post
Climate-change protesters disrupt London rush hour, angering commuters
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Police monitor as climate activists protest outside the Supreme Court, during the eleventh day of demonstrations by the climate change action group Extinction Rebellion, in London, on Oct. 17, 2019.

Stopping people getting to work via public transport is a startlingly foolish tactic. Unless the crazy end of extinction rebellion is trying to repel as many people as possible from the environmental cause. If so, they are going about it the right way.

Extinction Rebellion madness as furious commuters drag eco-warriors off Tubes

Climate-change activists disrupted rail services in London on Thursday, sparking a clash between angry commuters and a protester who had climbed onto the roof of a London Underground train during rush hour.

Scuffles broke out in the crowd at Canning Town station (Twitter/@HollyJoCollins)MoreExtinction Rebellion co-founder Clare Farrell defended the Tube action and said: “The public, I dont think, realise quite how serious this situation is.”

Extinction Rebellion is in the second week of a fresh civil disobedience campaign that has targeted government buildings, a local airport and financial institutions such as BlackRock to highlight the threat posed by global warming.

Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour MP for Poplar and Limehouse, said on Twitter: “So what point is Extinction Rebellion making shutting down East Londons PUBLIC Transport system preventing ordinary people getting to work/school/hospital etc? !!”

Protesters said they wanted to draw attention to the widespread loss of human life, mass extinction of species and threat to food supplies foreseen by scientists unless the world moves to cut carbon emissions and restore collapsing ecosystems.

Since last week, protesters have targeted London City Airport, shut down areas around Parliament and the Bank of England, and blockaded Googles HQ, with more than 1,600 people arrested.

Im doing this primarily for my grandchildren, said Phil Kingston, 83, who had glued himself to a Docklands Light Railway train at Shadwell station in East London, and has been arrested multiple times at previous protests. Im just here to ring an alarm bell, to wake people up and say please open your eyes.

In another clip, a man was seen dragging one of the activists to the floor by his foot, while the protester also appeared to kick at those attempting to pull him off the train.

The plan to halt trains was opposed by many Extinction Rebellion activists who feared that it would undermine public sympathy among Londoners, already sharply divided over the groups disruptive strategy.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said in a statement: “I strongly condemn the Extinction Rebellion protesters who have targeted the London Underground and DLR this morning.

Footage showed protesters unfurling a banner on top of a stationary London Underground carriage at Canning Town before commuters on a crowded platform began shouting insults and pelting one of them with food.

VANCOUVER, B.C.: October 7, 2019 – Climate activists with Extinction Rebellion took over the Burrard Bridge on Monday as part of a non-violent global rebellion in Vancouver, BC, October 7, 2019. The #BridgeOut event will see a number of activists occupying Burrard Street Bridge, as a continuation of the thousands-strong climate march that took place last month. Arlen Redekop / PNG

The protester then tried to kick away a commuter who clambered onto the carriage to drag him down. After a brief struggle the protester was pulled to the platform, where he was swallowed by a crowd of people shoving and shouting before a member of the Tube staff intervened to restore order.

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The crowd became hostile very quickly due to wanting to go to work. I sympathize with the aims of Extinction Rebellion but this was an own goal, said Turan Basri, 57, an environmental health manager, who witnessed the incident.

Climate change activists plan to 'snake march' through downtown Vancouver during rush hour on Friday, in protest of government inaction on the climate crisis. Extinction Rebellion, which organized the Oct. 7 shutdown of Burrard Bridge, is also organizing the 'snake march.' Arlen Redekop / PNG

Canning Town is a very working class area. Seeing what they perceived to be middle-class protesters preventing working class people from earning a living didnt go down well, Basri said.

Earlier this month, Extinction Rebellion activists took over the Burrard Street Bridge, setting up in the middle of the span for several hours as part of an internationally coordinated bridge shutdown event. At its peak, the Vancouver #BridgeOut event saw about 200 people gathered on the bridge.

British Transport Police said four arrests were made at Stratford and Canning Town stations, while specialist teams were working to remove four other protesters at Shadwell Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station.

This illegal action is extremely dangerous, counterproductive and is causing unacceptable disruption to Londoners who use public transport to get to work, said Mayor Sadiq Khan. It is also an unfair burden on our already overstretched police officers.

“There is no planned route – it will be up to the rebels marching on the day to decide where we are going,” reads a Facebook event posting for the event.

Rising to prominence in April when it occupied four sites in London for 11 days, the year-old Extinction Rebellion group wants governments to hand power to Citizens Assemblies to agree economic and social changes to tackle climate change.

Critics say the movement is proposing what amounts to the overthrow of the existing order without any clear idea of what would follow, and that the world still needs fossil fuels.

“From our earliest origins, groups who could see the world in different ways had higher chances of survival than those who only saw it in one way,” Monbiot continued. “And one of the extraordinary things that Greta Thunberg has done is to get us to talk about this existential crisis in ways we werent talking about it before.”

In an attempt to stop the disruption, police in London ordered a halt to all of the groups protests on Monday, but Extinction Rebellion activists have widely flouted the ban.

“A few hours after this column is published, I hope to be in a police cell,” Monbiot wrote in advance of joining the demonstration. “I dont yet know what the charge will be, where I will be arrested or when, but I know that if I go home this evening without feeling the hand of the law on my sleeve, I will have failed.

Video: The people have had enough of Extinction Rebellion protests

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Police said on Wednesday 1,642 people had been arrested after action targeting the Treasury building, companies such as Google, financial institutions also including Barclays and asset manager BlackRock, and City Airport.

Extinction Rebellion says more than 1,400 of its supporters have also been arrested in 20 cities around the world since Oct. 7, including in New York, Brussels, Melbourne and Toronto.

George Monbiot, an award-winning author and high-profile Guardian columnist, was arrested for defying a citywide police ban on all protests by the decentralized group of climate activists.

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