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Trial begins of XR co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook amid threat to trial by jury

October 29, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion

On Monday 30 October, 5 years after she stood with Greta Thunberg in Parliament Square to launch the ‘Declaration of Rebellion’, Dr Gail Bradbrook stands trial at Isleworth Crown Court for breaking a window at the Department of Transport in October 2019 - an act of resistance against the Department’s policies (such as support for HS2, Heathrow expansion and road building) in the midst of the climate and nature emergency. Dr Bradbrook, a mother of two, who holds a doctorate in molecular biophysics from the University of Manchester, is at risk of a substantial prison sentence if found guilty. The trial comes amid mounting concerns that, following intense lobbying on behalf of the fossil fuel industry, the right to trial by jury is under threat for those taking direct action to expose Government lies and corporate greed.

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Extinction Rebellion Women vs HSBC: Crown Court trial begins Monday

October 27, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion

Nine women of Extinction Rebellion, charged with over half a million pounds of criminal damage at HSBC HQ in Canary Wharf in April 2021, are due to appear at Southwark Crown Court for a jury trial beginning on Monday October 30th. The women are on trial for an action which took place at 7am on April 22nd 2021, during which they cracked the glass in several of the windows of HSBC’s HQ in Canary Wharf, London. The women wore patches reading ‘better broken windows than broken promises’ and placed stickers on the windows of the bank reading ‘£80 billion into fossil fuels in the last 5 years’ before cracking the glass using hammers and chisels. If found guilty the women face potential sentences of up to four years in prison.

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Health professionals occupy road with ‘die-in’ and issue demands to Oil & Money summit delegates

October 19, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion

Over 60 health professionals joined hundreds of protesters this morning outside the Energy Intelligence forum risking arrest by holding a ‘die-in’ and ‘climate inquest’ in the middle of the road outside the conference centre. The recently rebranded ‘Oil and Money’ conference is the largest annual gathering of oil companies and their backers. The Health for Extinction Rebellion members also delivered an open letter to the conference organisers and delegates, calling them out for their central role in the climate crisis, and demanding immediate mitigating actions. “We wish to make it clear that we understand and condemn the continuing deliberate complicity of the energy sector in this humanitarian disaster,” they wrote.

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OCCUPIED! Protesters occupy City Of London insurers’ offices demanding they reject climate-wrecking projects in UK and Africa

October 18, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion

Hundreds of protesters are occupying the plush City of London offices of ten Lloyd’s of London insurers demanding they rule out insuring the proposed West Cumbria coal mine and the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).. Insurers from Lloyd’s of London have come under increasing pressure to rule out offering insurance to both the West Cumbria coal mine and EACOP, including protests at offices across the UK.

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Extinction Rebellion launches its first UK-wide monthly Day of Action

September 29, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion launch their first UK-wide monthly Day Of Action with their eyes on a decisive return to the streets of London. Thousands of Extinction Rebellion activists will link with allies and partners, in the first of a series of local and regional actions and events on the last Saturday of every month. building relationships to Unite to Survive. The End Of Month Action days are designed to allow local and regional XR groups to build strong, authentic alliances with climate, environmental and social justice campaigns by creating and executing actions alongside them once a month.

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Extinction Rebellion targets Labour Party HQ to demand radical manifesto on climate breakdown

September 18, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion activists are targeting the Labour Party headquarters today to demand radical action on climate breakdown from a future Labour Government. The campaigners have poured fake oil and scaled the Labour Party's Blackfriars Road London headquarters to demand that a future Labour Government commits to taking urgent action to cancel new fossil fuel licences, fund the transition to renewables and shut down Drax.

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Treasury still funding climate death as iconic fire engine trial starts

September 17, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion

Six climate protectors go on trial tomorrow for conspiracy to commit criminal damage to His Majesty’s Treasury building on 3 October 2019 when 1,800 litres of fake blood were sprayed over the premises from a fire engine. The dramatic spectacle – which made the front pages around the world – was planned to draw attention to the Treasury’s funding of new fossil fuel projects abroad which would result in deaths from climate breakdown. The defendants face sentences of up to ten years in prison each if they are found guilty by the jury. Four years later the Treasury are still pumping money into fossil fuels like there's no tomorrow.

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Demonstrators Across The UK Join Global March To Demand An End To Fossil Fuels

September 14, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion

Thousands of people will join marches across the UK this weekend as part of the global days of action demanding that leaders rapidly phase out fossil fuels.  The demonstrators will call out the government for seeking to ‘max out’ North Sea oil and gas reserves despite warnings that there can be no new drilling if the world is to stay within habitable climate limits.

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Trial aborted and jury discharged without a verdict in XR cofounder Gail Bradbrook’s Department for Transport case

July 21, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion

As deadly temperature records are set daily, the silencing of those that would speak truth to power in climate trial after climate trial can be felt. And it's chilling. The long-postponed jury trial of Dr. Gail Bradbrook, for window-breaking at the Department for Transport was aborted this week when the judge dismissed the jury. A retrial is now set for the week commencing 30 October meaning it will take place during the fifth anniversary of the Declaration of Rebellion and Extinction Rebellion’s first major action. Before the trial Gail said: “I’m trying to protect the lives and the futures of my children, all the children in the world and the generations to come."

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From tomorrow: XR co-founder Gail Bradbrook on trial for £27.5k window-breaking at UK’s Department for Transport

July 12, 2023 by Extinction Rebellion

This Thursday Extinction Rebellion co-founder Dr Gail Bradbrook goes on trial for breaking one window – valued £27,500 – at the UK’s Department for Transport in London in October 2019. The trial comes at a critical point for climate activism in the UK. With global heat records being broken daily, the Conservative government’s chilling legislative clampdown is placing severe limits on the right of protest, while judges jail people for contempt of court – just for mentioning the words climate change. Since February 2023 Judge Reid has sent three people to jail for defying his orders and explaining why they undertook their actions.

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