August 28, 2020
Extinction Rebellion has called on activists to ‘flood the streets’ of Britain in a series of mass-gatherings despite the risk of spreading Covid – as it plans a weekend of Bank Holiday mayhem targeting airports and cities.
A four-day ‘regional rebellion’ from tomorrow until Bank Holiday Monday will see protests across the UK, including in London, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and Leeds.
The environmental group has encouraged its protesters to take action locally with the aviation sector, banks, the fossil fuel industry and petrol stations as targets.
The protests are being held as the coronavirus pandemic continues, ahead of larger-scale demonstrations planned for London, Manchester and Cardiff next Tuesday.
Protests this weekend are due to include roadblocks, marches, sit-ins, bike rides and picnics, with organisers emphasising their ethos of ‘non-violent direct action’.
The demonstrations will risk breaching social-distancing guidelines, although XR said it will be ‘pushing very hard’ for all participants to obey Government rules.
XR supporters will also be encouraged to protest digitally, and urged to phone their MPs and ‘institutions of power’.
Anneka Sutcliffe, from XR Actions, said a ‘few thousand’ people had indicated on Facebook that they would join in the London events, but numbers were expected to be lower than at demonstrations held in October.
Converging marches will start from Tate Britain, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Cathedral and Smithfield Market.
Other protests will include a roadblock on Prince Street Bridge in Bristol, a mass bike ride from Brighton to London, banner drops and rallies against the expansion of Luton Airport and the aviation industry at Gatwick Airport.
This article was posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 at 3:11 am