April 18th, 2019
More than 300 protesters have been arrested in London as Extinction Rebellion’s Week of Rebellion enters its fourth day.
The week-long action calls for governments to take the movement’s
core demands on board, which include informing the public about the scale of
the ecological crisis.
Protesters have been blocking traffic throughout the city,
including at Waterloo Bridge, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Parliament Square.
On Wednesday, four Extinction Rebellion members glued themselves
together outside of Jeremy Cobryn’s north London home to call the Labour leader
to act on climate change.
“The London Rebellion has surpassed all expectations,” Extinction
Rebellion Ireland member and London action participant Dr Ciarán O’Carroll told
The Green News.
“This is what we need to do again and again until governments
start to take the climate and ecological crisis seriously,” he said.
The group announced on Wednesday that it intended to disrupt one of a line of the London Overground train network.
Amongst those speaking at a gathering at Parliament
Square yesterday included climate change lawyer Farhana Yamin. She was arrested
yesterday for supergluing herself to the pavement outside of the Shell’s London
“I feel at the moment like we are living in a time where so much
public demand and protest is not being heard or taken seriously enough to
influence real change,” said London-based participant Zoe, who asked that her
full name not be disclosed.
“For me, XR is about doing something about this. It is about
engaging in a rebellious action that feels true to my intuition: disrupting
non-violently but disrupting nonetheless,” she told The Green News.
“[Its] about disobeying the laws made by those who are letting us
down in an effective way that insists on us being heard,” she added.
The movement began with 10 people in the UK last summer and rose
to prominence in November 2018 when thousands of activists blocked London
bridges, disrupted traffic and glued themselves to public buildings.
Irish activists are set to “disrupt business as usual” in Dublin
and Cork this weekend as part of the Week of International Rebellion taking
place in 43 countries around the world.
Irish Extinction Rebellion activists marked World Wildlife Day in
March with a mock Funeral for Humanity in the centre of Dublin to raise
awareness on the planet’s extinction crisis.
Roughly one-third of Ireland’s 98 wild bee species are threatened
with extinction, and recent findings show that over 60 per cent of the 202
species of commonly occurring birds in Ireland is now on the red and amber
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