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‘Oi Barclays, clean your act up!’ – Extinction Rebellion Dirty Scrubbers pay a visit to Barclays HQ

March 30, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

This morning Extinction Rebellion Dirty Scrubbers took their theatrical protest to Barclays Bank headquarters in Canary Wharf with a letter to the bank to the bank demanding it ‘clean its act up!’ The scrubbers were armed with a ‘wobbly washing machine’ and a bubble machine. They washed the blood, oil, and greenwash out of Barclays’ dirty money and cleaned the black carbon out of Barclays’ arctic exploration in a theatrical performance designed to highlight the role of banks in the climate and ecological emergency.

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Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook breaks window at Barclays Bank in act of civil disobedience

March 30, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

Dr Gail Bradbrook, one of the founders of Extinction Rebellion broke the window of Barclays Bank in Stroud at around 6am this morning. The action was carried out carefully before opening hours in order to reduce any risk of harm. Dr Bradbrook is already awaiting trial for alleged criminal damage at the Department for Transport in October 2019. [1]

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Extinction Rebellion UK statement on events in Bristol yesterday

March 22, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

The tensions of the past week around the Police, Crimes, Sentencing and Courts Bill have evoked a visceral response around the UK from a public who feel powerless. What we saw in Bristol yesterday was the effect of the Government overplaying its hand and attempting to outlaw the basic right to protest, threatening peaceful protestors with 10 year sentences at a time when we are faced with numerous intersecting crises.

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#KillTheBill: Joint Statement on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill From XR, BLM local groups, RAAH and more

March 15, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

This is an open statement written by a coalition of UK organisations, groups & social movements of all ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, sexualities, faiths, abilities, ages and social standings, who have united to challenge the UK government. We are extremely troubled and disturbed by the newly proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill in its current form. The deliberately vague language used would enable the police to act unilaterally with near unlimited discretion.

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‘This isn’t working – it’s time to ask for help’ – Extinction Rebellion UK statement on the Budget

March 03, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

Today’s Budget announcement shows that below the surface of vague commitments to “low-carbon investment” the UK Government is continuing on the current course we have been warned is so dangerous. Not only will the government cut £1bn from net-zero spending intended to help insulate homes as part of the ‘Green Homes Grant’ scheme, they are also allowing airports to expand, new coal mines to be built and investment to flow from the UK’s banking and financial sector to new fossil fuel projects.

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Is this what you call ‘world-leading’? Government applies to send climate lawyer to prison in the year UK to host UN climate summit

February 15, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

On Friday February 12 the UK government applied to send Tim Crosland - a lawyer and director of climate litigation charity Plan B, who has previously worked for various governmental organisations including the National Crime Agency - to prison for breaching the Supreme Court’s embargo on the judgement to allow the expansion of Heathrow airport. If convicted Tim could face up to two years in prison.

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Extinction Rebellion to UK Special Envoy for Countering Violent Extremism, John Woodcock – ‘Why not give us a call?’

February 08, 2021 By Extinction Rebellion

With the government's response to the pandemic coming under fire, and Boris Johnson being mocked by leading global scientists and politicians over his decision to open a new coal mine during a climate emergency, it seems appropriate today to launch an enquiry into the deaths caused by this government's policies today and in the future, rather than investigating nonviolent protesters for extremism.

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