Extinction Rebellion: How coronavirus and previous missteps calmed a week of protests

Thousands have gathered in London this week to rally against 'government inaction' on the climate crisis

Katie Anderson
Saturday 05 September 2020 17:04 BST
How coronavirus and previous missteps calmed the Extinction Rebellion protests

Westminster has been home to protesters from the climate change awareness group Extinction Rebellion since Tuesday, with more protests planned for next week.

More than 300 hundred arrests have been made so far, according to PA with one particular group gluing themselves to the street outside the Houses of Parliament.

Thousands have attended the demonstrations, but in comparison the string of protests put on by Extinction Rebellion in London in October last year, the actions are less wide-spread and more concentrated on seats of political power, such as governmental departments and think tanks.

Robin Boardman-Pattinson, a coordinator for Extinction Rebellion UK, said this is because the group had learnt from the 2019 Canning Town tube incident, where activists caused widespread anger by stopping ordinary commuters getting to work.

"What we learnt from that, is that we need to be very targeted on the institutions of power" Mr Boardman-Pattinson told The Independent.

The group says the disruption around Parliament Square is intended to make the government go further in tackling the climate crisis.

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