Veronica Egan, 57, gardener from near Inverness

Veronica, who has two children in their 20s, was arrested on Easter Sunday in Parliament Square during the 2019 April Rebellion. She pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 14 of the Public Order Act at City of London Magistrates’ court on 13th September 2019 and was given a six month conditional discharge and £185 court costs. She was arrested again during the 2019 October Rebellion and charged under Section 14. Her case was dismissed due to insufficient evidence.

Veronica’s Court Statement

“I knew we were in crisis and believed the whole system needed changing in order to deal with this, on a scale I find hard to imagine. But I couldn’t really envisage how this might be achieved until I came to the Extinction Rebellion bridge action in November 2018 and felt a huge surge of hope that maybe enough people could actually be mobilised to make a difference, and maybe start to turn things around.

When I travelled down to London from Inverness for the April Rebellion (via the Scottish protest in Edinburgh) it was with the intention to face arrest if necessary, as this was a protest option available to me at this stage in my life. The overall goal is to enable as many folk as possible to participate in as many creative, peaceful protest actions, to whatever extent their individual life circumstances allow, and bring about the huge changes we need to safeguard a future for all life on this beautiful planet that we share.

I believe that the massive social and environmental justice issues we now face have inequality on a mind-boggling scale at their root. We have to stand up now, and send a very clear message that enough is enough – this has to stop if we are to survive. I fervently hope that XR will manage to be an enabling, unifying force in the creation of a welcoming, all-encompassing, worldwide movement of movements for meaningful change.

I feel incredibly sad that we have reached this stage – the scale of our losses and the suffering we have caused is huge. But taking action is enabling me to stay hopeful that there might still be a way to turn things around, and create a better future for our children and all life on this planet.”

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