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XR & the Police – Extinction Rebellion Podcast Special 2.7

Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Podomatic Live on all platforms NOW Extinction Rebellion have always had a controversial relationship with the police. During the April Rebellion, there were chants of “we love you” and a practice of liaising with the police before actions. During the October rebellion, this relationship…

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Ursula Pethick, 83: I hope those lives lost in WWII were not in vain

Ursula Pethick, an 83-year old grandmother of five from Sussex, was arrested for the second time last week after gluing herself to the road on Whitehall. Until her first arrest in September she’d never been involved in a protest. Cell shocked… …Only it was not as bad as I had thought. I am…

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Naomi Leake: This Feels a Lot Like Hope

Naomi Leake, 54, an artist who runs a nature reserve in South London, delivered this statement at her plea hearing on 4th October. This past week, she has been back on the streets helping to hold Trafalgar Square. “I hold my hands up and I plead guilty as charged but for once I don’t…

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Legal Briefing: Learn About Arrest

Extinction Rebellion’s Legal Team has produced this guide to being arrested, from how to prepare for arrest to what the consequences might be if you are. As well as the handy graphic, you’ll also find links to tons of useful resources. As a mutually supporting network we are all responsible for ourselves, and while…

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Our April Arrestees in Numbers

For several weeks during the summer, a pair of reporters from Tortoise Media came to our regular Friday plea hearings. Last week they published their report, an in-depth look at how we’re taking out truth to the courts. As well as featuring a few of our defendants, they also produced some fascinating data…

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Video: My World was Blown Apart and Brought Together at The Same Time

Ele Waters, 46, from Liskeard Cornwall runs a natural burial site and is building her own off-grid home in a permaculture community. She is pleading not guilty after being arrested in April. “I’ve been a permaculturist now for 26 years, and we’ve planted 21,000 trees, we set up a natural burial site, we live off-grid,…

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Cecily Bedner: This Was An Act of Self Defence

Cecily Bedner, 20, a film and digital arts student from Plymouth, told the court she broke the law for her sister, aged five. This is the mitigation statement she read out in court. “I’m not here to tell you that I wasn’t there or I didn’t break the law. What I will tell you is that…

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Janet Young: How Could I Stand By and Do Nothing

Janet Young, a 72-year old retired social worker and grandmother from Devon read out this statement at her plea hearing in August. She was arrested on Waterloo Bridge on the first Tuesday, 16 April. “I am pleading guilty for financial and emotional reasons. I accept that I did not comply with a regulation, imposed in…

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Andrew Peel: I Told the Truth and Acted As Though the Truth is Real

Andrew Peel, 59, a delivery driver from Norwich, read out this statement at his plea hearing on Friday. His tipping point, he says, was watching the action on the London bridges in November and seeing a banner that said “For My Children”. “Following a serious health issue in 2014 in which I almost lost my…

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Video: Phil Kingston, the 83-Year Old Rebel

Yesterday, 83-year old grandfather Phil Kingston was part of the group that used a fire engine to spray fake blood over the Treasury Building. In April he was arrested for climbing on top of a Docklands Light Railway train: he’ll be on trial in Crown Court next year. This beautiful film profiles Phil from…

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