Angry London commuters drag climate change protesters off delayed subway cars – National Post

Angry London commuters drag climate change protesters off delayed subway cars - 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.

In June, Extinction Rebellion protesters shut down traffic in New York City in front of the New York Times building to protest the way the newspaper has been covering climate change.

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.

On Friday (October 18), Extinction Rebellion is gearing up to disrupt traffic again. This will occur during the late-afternoon rush hour with a planned “snake march”.

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

“There is no planned route—it will be up to the rebels marching on the day to decide where we are going!” the Extinction Rebellion Vancouver Facebook page states.

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.

1. Governments must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.

Author and Guardian columnist George Monbiot arrested at Extinction Rebellion protest in London

People are dying now because of the climate crisis and it threatens all we love, said Ruth Jarman, 56, from Christian Climate Action, who took part in the tube action.

Video: Commuters turn on Extinction Rebellion as protesters target the Tube

The plan to halt trains was widely opposed by Extinction Rebellion supporters who feared that it would embolden the movements critics and spark a backlash among Londoners.

On October 7, the Vancouver chapter of Extinction Rebellion took over the Burrard Bridge for 13 hours before police ordered demonstrators to disperse.

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

These types of celebratory street parties are part of a climate rebellion underway in more than 60 cities around the world this month.

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

They plan to sign songs, bring signs, play musical instruments, wear dancing shoes, and show their love for the planet.

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.

“Those of us—who because we have a different view of the world and see things differently have been marginalized for years—have found each other. And have found a way of projecting those views that were marginal into the mainstream,” he said. “It is no coincidence that the person who has done more than anyone else to change the entire global conversation on climate breakdown has Aspergers. Humanity cannot survive if everyone is looking at the world in the same way.”

Video: Climate-change protesters disrupt London rail services

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.

“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.”

British Transport Police said eight arrests had so far been made at Canning Town and two other stations.

Police condemned the Extinction Rebellion action, but also expressed concern that members of the public had used violent behaviour to detain the train protester.

In his column, he pointed out that mass arrests in peaceful civil disobedience campaigns have proven effective in the past. To support this point, he cited the history of the suffragette movement, the Indian salt marchers, the civil rights movement, and the democracy movements in Poland and Germany.

A spokeswoman for prime minister Boris Johnson said the protest caused unnecessary disruption and London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned it.

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.

Separately, small Extinction Rebellion groups held protests against the arms trade by glueing or locking themselves to the London offices of defence companies Leonardo UK, Lockheed Martin Corp and Britains Supreme Court, the movement said. At least seven people were arrested.

Police said on Wednesday 1,642 people had been arrested after action targeting the Treasury, financial institutions 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.

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People stuck at Canning Town station cheered loudly as an activist from the protest group was dragged to the floor after climbing on top of a busy commuter train.

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Angry commuters shouted at Extinction Rebellion protesters and pulled them off the train (Twitter/@HollyJoCollins)More

Holding a sign which read Business as usual = death, the protesters were met with shouting from angry passengers.

More than 1,400 people have been arrested since the group began blocking roads, bridges and airports in London over a week ago to demand faster action on climate change. Most have been released without being charged.

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.

A member of TfL staff appeared to stop people from attacking the male Extinction Rebellion member further, by intervening and holding them back.

Londoners have largely tolerated a series of peaceful protests in recent days by the Extinction Rebellion group, but interfering with workers morning commute appeared to be a step too far for some.

Eight people have been arrested after there were also protest incidents at Shadwell and Stratford stations, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

LONDON (AP) — Angry commuters scuffled with climate activists who climbed onto the roofs of trains early Thursday, snarling services in the busy morning rush hours in the British capital.

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They said: “We continue to urge protesters to not target the London Underground network. This is dangerous, not only for protesters but for commuters.

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.”

British Transport Police say they were called to three stations in east London early Thursday after protesters climbed onto the roofs of trains or glued themselves to the carriages.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4s Today programme, she added: “It is still peaceful, and it is still non-violent.

“This illegal action is extremely dangerous, counterproductive and is causing unacceptable disruption to Londoners who use public transport to get to work,” he said.

Climate protesters dragged from top of London Underground train

Extinction Rebellion Canning station this morning. People are losing patience. @TheSun @DailyMailUK #ExtinctionRebellion pic.twitter.com/xbrNxaAQsJ

“It makes them vulnerable, and thats what people are there to do when they put their body on the line.

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.

“This illegal action is extremely dangerous, counterproductive and is causing unacceptable disruption to Londoners who use public transport to get to work.

“It is also an unfair burden on our already overstretched police officers. I urge demonstrators to protest peacefully and within the boundaries of the law.”

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.

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Not sure Extinction Rebellion doing their cause much good by targeting people who use overcrowded and uncomfortable public transport rather than drive

So what point is Extinction Rebellion making shutting down East Londons PUBLIC Transport system preventing ordinary people getting to work/school/hospital etc? !!

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? !!”

The action is the latest in a series from the anti-climate change group, who have been banned from protesting in London.

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Any assembly of more than two people linked to the XR Autumn Uprising action is now illegal in the capital.

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.