Extinction Rebellion protests: Met wants to charge more than 1,100 activists

From The EveningStandard

Police surround a pink boat in Oxford Circus during the Extinction Rebellion protests

Police surround a pink boat in Oxford Circus during the Extinction Rebellion protests ( Getty Images )

Scotland Yard wants to charge more than 1,100 people who were arrested during last month’s Extinction Rebellion protests, a senior office has said.

More than 70 activists have so far been charged in connection with the demonstrations that brought parts of London to a standstill for 10 days.

The group’s tactics involved volunteers deliberately getting themselves arrest to cause maximum disruption at roadblocks on Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch, while others glued themselves to trains and buildings.

Its expected to have cost the force at least £7.5 million.

Police follow a lorry towing away the XR movement’s pink boat (PA)

Some 1,130 people were arrested during the protests and 10,000 police officers were deployed over the two weeks.

At a briefing on Friday, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said the Metropolitan Police will be pushing for the prosecution of every one of them to deter similar tactics being used in the future.

He said: “We have charged over 70. All the others are currently under investigation and we have got a dedicated unit of around 30 officers who are investigating those offences.

“It is our anticipation that we are putting all of those to the CPS for decisions.”

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Mr Taylor said the officers on the team have been taken from across the force.

“That’s a really significant resource put in place for a period of six to nine months just investigating that one protest,” he said.

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78 thoughts on “Extinction Rebellion protests: Met wants to charge more than 1,100 activists

  1. Pity. I thought it was Melbourne where the activists were to be prosecuted, by the Met – aka Yarra Trams, for disrupting their tram services.

    If idiots really want to hold a public protest in the streets, surely they could leave the tram tracks clear. By blocking the trams, they upset many thousands of passengers who had their journeys unnecessarily delayed. Still, I suppose we can thank them for the publicity – it gave impetus to people who were not decided whether to vote Liberal or Labor – they decided to vote Liberal.

    Does this mean that we have to have them back on the streets in three years time so as to get Scomo to continue in office?

  2. Once Britain was a breeding ground of intelligence, something went wrong , now please tell me how it is that only the idiots survived

    • A lot of us survived who are not idiots. But over the years socialists and other loonies on the left have wormed their way into positions of power in most organisations, including most political parties, the civil service, NGOs etc, and their propaganda has worked on kids and on millions of useful idiots. You only have to look at the BBC to see socialists at work and the vast amounts of propaganda that people are subject to.

      • Phillip: Obviously, the idiots outflanked you “smart” people, so maybe they are not the idiots……

        • It’s not that these people are intelligent. Its that they are activists with a goal and a religious vocation that makes them easy to scare with activist claims and half truths. They are not going to look at any of the claims critically and most of the claims they will replicate are just the statements parroted by activist news. Within the bubble all things verify the bubble. Any information that disagrees with the bubble is ignored.

          That is how you can get people that claim Hansen’s predictions for changes by now have been verified even though it appears the scare claims have been grossly exaggerated.

        • Progressives always hire only other progressives, Sheri. Conservatives (except the truly religious nut-cases) generally hire for merit.

          Inevitably, progressives take over any institution they target. They then ruin it.

        • You don’t have to be smart to be disruptive, just willing. Responsible people that are trying to take care of themselves and their families and generally trying to contribute to society don’t have the time to organize and march in the streets. They also have too much to lose to risk getting arrested.

        • Idiots did not outflank this smart person. Or maybe they did. I suppose it depends on how you define “outflank” and “idiot” and “smart”.

          Half of the world’s population is below average intelligence (by definition of “average”). If for any reason they cluster together they will shift the local average creating a temporary new normal easily outflanking the old normal.

    • That “something” I am increasingly convinced, was the Biased Broadcasting Company.

      As you say we used to have a flourishing scientific and engineering establishment, but then along came the BBC, and ever since they started broadcasting their daily propaganda … Britain has been on the slide both economically as well as culturally.

      • Yes and our Government, aka Gove and others of the Conservative Socialist Party just goes along with it.

    • It’s hard to imagine that less than a century ago, this country ruled most of the civilized world. Now, they are led about by intellectual children. That’s what socialism can do to a great nation in only a few generations.

      • Oh Mighty Ruler, (/sarc)

        Be careful with claims such as yours as arriving at another country and claiming it as your own should not be considered ‘civilised’.

        I speak as a UK-born, now Australian, who has been advantaged by the colonialism of the UK and now wishes we were not still attached politically to the UK.

    • Part of the answer might be the three-step failure of the transport program. First, the Wild Ones were transported to the future former thirteen colonies. When my ancestors made that destination unviable
      ( http://www.pa-roots.org/data/read.php?43,199642 ),
      slightly less great Britain implemented step two, establishing the prison colony in Australia where the Wild Ones there are now making that step unviable. Step three has reversed the transport process that has turned even less great Britain into an asylum instead of the classic prison colony, where the inmates are running the asylum. But there appear to be a few Wild Ones left who are trying to reverse the process.

    • If you would like to see what has probably gone wrong, just search for “Ideological subversion Yuri Bezmenov”. There are several videos that are well worth a look.

      Not saying that’s the only reason why, but the things he talks about (in 1983) would seem prophetic when you look at the world today.

    • Be fair George, the not idiots were all quietly at home reading books so do not make any news worth printing.

  3. It might be worth changing the title to Met Police to avoid confusion with the UK MET office, which probably endorsed the protests.

  4. Fine them each £6,818.20 plus costs and ensure the money goes back to the police and the courts.

    • Going to need to fine them more than that – Soros has a great fortune to blow on this asinine Bovine Scat. Besides, he still owes the treasury from his attempt to collapse the pound. May as well get back what he stole.

      Let’s see, London accounts for $765,000,000 of economic activity in a year. If the “protesters” disrupted even 5% of that each day, for 10 days that comes to $1,047,945 in economic damages – just send them the bill for that. I am sure their benefactors will be glad to pay.

      • Yes, London if a separate country would be the 8th largest economy in Europe. As well as the personal inconvenience to people going about their own business their is a huge financial cost involved.

        Mind you I was totally baffled when the anarchists disrupted green transport such as trains and buses. What was the thinking behind that? To drive people back into their cars?

        • One person interview said he paid £70 for a taxi ride round the blocked area instead of catching the bus for £3 and he couldn’t walk through the zone as it was begin deliberately obstructed by the protesters if you wore business clothes. So much for ***** ECO he said angrily.

    • I dropped three zeros from my calculations. It should be just over a billion dollars, not just over a million. (And people wonder why I like scientific notation…)

    • Don’t be daft, with our judiciary they will just be let off with minimal costs. that has already happened. So yes expect these a***oles to be back bringing everything to a standstill again. After all Gove has said he was listening to that stupid Swedish child.

  5. Compare this protest in support of the climate change myth, with the indifference these same people exhibit towards the worldwide persecution of Christians; they are killed and nothing is said by the myopic self satisfied global warming warriors.

    • These college made protest warriors don’t actually like people. They are in love with rocks, sand, saltwater, trees, dirt and the non reasoning wild life that inhabits them all. Its people they want to do away with. All but their very own self selected club of brain dead nincompoops who will die of starvation and exposure once they have eliminated all intelligent life and turned on each other.

  6. I hope the MET Police charge every one of them. Partly to punish idiots who have no idea of the science relating to their cause, but also to teach them that they cannot cause damage without repercussions. It would also help to recover the reputation of the police, which has been so damaged by their persecution of Tommy Robinson, etc.

  7. Under the current government and succession of parliaments there is no way that the Crown Prosecution Services will bring and follow through a prosecution, or allow the police or a private individual to bring a criminal prosecution. The “nuclear option” is for the CPS to “adopt”, and immediately drop, any criminal prosecution that it does not approve of. The Home Secretary (whoever it may be at the time that the decision is needed) will adopt the government line, which is to actively support these demonstrations. On the other hand, there may be scope for civil action by wealthy private individuals prepared to throw money at lawyers.

  8. Not too fussed whether these idiots get charged or not. It only clogs up the legal system. Best just arrange things for maximum inconvenience for each of them , ongoing for a long time.
    Hours in queues waiting to be interviewed might concentrate their minds; as they wonder what will happen. A bit like waiting for an hospital operation?

    • The people who organise these events stand at the back and never get arrested. The people who fund these events – sit and watch TV in some foreign land. The people who egg them on are BBC presenters, London mayors, etc.

      They are the one who should be locked up for deliberate criminal damage.

      The people who get arrested are predominantly young gullible people who are totally clueless about what they are protesting about. Stupid yes, ignorant yes, the outcome of a politicised education system yes. But they’re just being used by other people.

      • Mike,
        Yes. The gullible are being used, led by hard core agitators. And they all need to be taught, through hard lessons, to stop being ‘useful tools’ for others. Levy heavy fines on them and, if they refuse to pay, put them in jail until their thinking is clarified.

      • Place a high enough cost on being on the front line of this insanity, and it’ll cost more to recruit the foot soldiers.

  9. ‘Once Britain was a breeding ground of intelligence’. Yes so sad to watch how the leadership has gone to wrong hands! The role of Britain in the whole Climate Science propaganda is an eye-opener to many of us.

    • One can just look to the Royal Society for confirmation that United Kingdom’s science, brilliance, tolerance and other ideals have been purposely and methodically trashed.

  10. Perversely – I’m in favour of people protesting – what I’m against is gullible people like those on these climate protests being duped into supporting something they wouldn’t support if they had read up on the subject.

    So, the people the police should be going after are the funders of this … but we can bet that the shady people funding these protests will be hidden. The other people the police should be investigating is those in the press like the Biased Corp who promoted these events to the deluded people who attend. Because the BBC have LEGAL requirement to be impartial.

    Of course … there wouldn’t have been nearly as much damage if London’s political leaders weren’t encouraging them in the first place.

    • Mike Haseler (Scottish Sceptic)

      XR are not conducting a peaceful protest. The event was designed to inconvenience as many people as possible under the pretext of ‘peaceful’ civil disorder.

      We have the right to peaceful assembly and to expression of our views. The City of London, the Met Police and the Mayor of London make provision for that, as exemplified by the flying of a balloon insulting the POTUS on his last visit to the UK.

      They do not, however, have the right to restrict people from going about their lawful business. Nor do they have the right to waste police time and taxpayers money by super gluing themselves to doors etc. quite apart from it being vandalism.

  11. The CPS should be asked to consider charging Met Chief Commissioner Credida D for failing to carry out her duties as a public office holder.
    Remember, she was sympathetic with the nonsense going on and she allowed these anarchists to block business and peoples freedom for 10 days!

    • wtf?
      I hadnt realised it went for so long. and yes agree thats ridiculous to allow it to go on. one day was enough.
      definitely hefty a fine as possible, bypass court if theyre known and named just send em a bill like Aus police do for fines

  12. The right to protest is hugely important. So, when does a protest go too far? When does the system go too far closing down a protest? I’m torn.

    Years ago there was an anti-nuclear protest at an American base. The cops arrested the protesters for disturbing the peace. Their theory was that one of the wives of the base personnel might return from town, see the protesters, and freak out. All I can say about that one is that the police sometimes have interesting theories.

  13. If found guilty, sentence them to 6 months in a Beijing summer and 6 months in a Canadian winter.

    • 6 months is the super warm Arctic with their summer clothes and then…..well there won’t be any need for another 6 months.

    • If you choose the correct location in Canada, you could just leave them there for both seasons … Winter season and black fly season. The only reason that didn’t make it into Dante’s Inferno is that he didn’t know about it. Wade Hemsworth

      • Amateur! You have obviously never camped on the isle of sky or glen Nevis at the peak of the midge season. I am still taking trauma counselling 30 years later….

        Tonyb

      • Dante of course new about malaria along river Po.

        But as academic searching / singing for his dreamed of Lady he wouldn’t leave his writing room to smear his hands or face with dirt.

    • Meanwhile:
      “Russia launches new nuclear-powered icebreaker in bid to open up Arctic
      Russia is overhauling ports as it readies for more traffic via Northern Sea Route due to warmer climate cycles”
      says Groan-dian
      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/26/russia-launches-new-nuclear-powered-icebreaker-in-bid-to-open-up-arctic

      Now that is a bit of a contradiction, why would you need icebreakers if the Arctic ice is about to disappear, it’s more likely that Russians might be preparing for the opposite.

      “Russia launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker on Saturday, part of an ambitious programme to renew and expand its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic’s commercial potential.
      By 2035, Putin said Russia’s Arctic fleet would operate at least 13 heavy-duty icebreakers, nine of which would be powered by nuclear reactors.
      The Arctic holds oil and gas reserves equivalent to 412 billion barrels of oil, about 22% of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas, the US Geological Survey estimates.”

      • preparing for the opposite

        I just wrote much the same on Paul Homewood’s site.

        • That’s funny, I nearly wrote ‘watch what Putin does not what he says’, nearly your opening line, but decided not to, since it might be considered by some as spreading the russian propaganda.

      • The northern sea route was first officially opened up in the 1930’s during the last great arctic melting. It appears to have been also open in the 1400’s and 1700’s

        Tonyb

      • How exactly do you measure undiscovered resources? “22% of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas”

  14. ‘Once Britain was a breeding ground of intelligence’ – it is indeed a shame to watch how the country is under the wrong leadership now in terms of climate science agenda.

  15. Things can get way less expensive and far more democratic for the taxpayers. Retrieve police forces and let the annoyed by all endured disruptions public tell them what time it is, once and for all.

  16. “Scotland Yard wants to charge more than 1,100 people who were arrested during last month’s Extinction Rebellion protests, a senior office has said.”

    Translation: the whole thing will be swept under the carpet.

    The UK police has become fake neutral too.

  17. I suggest that the protesters should be locked in a cell with a pedal powered generator and not released until they have generated a specified amount of electricity, that should give them an appreciation of how useful fossil fuels are.

  18. Extinction Rebellion protests: Met wants to charge more than 1,100 activists

    No word on the police officers who joined in the dancing etc.

    The CPS isn’t fit for purpose. They’ll find a way to make it go away.

    • fretslider

      No word on the police officers who joined in the dancing etc.

      Pathetic criticism. Please grow up.

  19. No problem, Jim “coal trains of death” Hansen will be over to defend them, using the “climate change” defence.

  20. The idle time-rich elite physically impeding the working class that makes the worthless lives of the time-rich possible. Irony impairment.

  21. Where stands the Royal Society these days? Some time ago the RS issued a collective statement which trashed their Nullius in Verba principle and was warmist in tone. I
    think 43 members objected and it was withdrawn, am I right? So are there any brave scientists in the RS these days?

  22. Good on the paper for refraining from publishing the protesters’ demands or manifesto. Too often this bad behavior gets rewarded, resulting in more of it.

  23. Confiscate the personal property of those who are arrested until the cost of what they did is paid back in full.
    They have no 4th Amendment to fall back on.

  24. I was there. London was a complete mess. Bus routes were cancelled. People couldn’t get to work. Police did nothing for the first week.

  25. A simple 10:00 am to 1:00 pm protest, with fish & chips (and a pint) for everybody, would have been a good choice. The message would be known, folks have a good lunch, then back to work. Win-win.

  26. Some 1,130 people were arrested during the protests – That’s all they could pony up? Wow, that sure IS a majority of the population of the planet, ain’t it?

    It takes time, but these things do play themselves out to a conclusion. I just dislike seeing children hornswoggled into participating in this crap. Some day, they’ll realize that their parents were the biggest pack of loonie-tunes ever.

  27. The police should present the leaders with an invoice for the cost of policing the illegal aspects of their protests. Freedom of speech permits legitimate protest.

    Amazingly, these idiots, some young girl who skips school and a propaganda documentary from the BBC combined to fill the media recently with claims that we are all going to fry or something like that. Our politicians are now hysterically declaring climate emergencies. This illustrates the stupidity of our politicians but also that propaganda stunts are effective.

    I urge those who possess and can comment on actual observational trends on climate indicators to publish them widely so that the rest of us can counter the lies, exaggerations and misinformation being peddled by the activists. Otherwise, our politicians will legislate on the basis of hysterical garbage without challenge.

    For those outside the UK, may I remind you that the BBC has ruled that the science is settled and they use this to ensure that only alarmist material is broadcast or published. Anything that questions climate alarmism is removed. This is arguably in breach of their public broadcasting licence which requires impartiality but no UK government has challenged them on this.

    There are few means to challenge the BBC, but an excellent effort is by Paul Homewood on his blog, https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/

    Please could Anthony and Charles (ctm) consider doing a regular (say quarterly) review of global temperatures, sea levels, extreme weather and the like so that those trying to fight alarmism have up to date ammunition. That would be great.

    I’m going to push my luck here. If this became an established feature of the site, those with particular interests such as solar cycles, ocean cycles, etc could be invited to submit papers which link the observational data with proposed explanatory mechanisms.

    It may or may not work, but it is possible that quarterly updates could inject some energy into the support or otherwise for the explanations for climate regularly discussed by commenters as well as official contributors to this excellent site.

  28. Occupy Wall St was a success in that they introduced the meme “the 1%”. Extinction Rebellion is nominative determinitive . And as far as “prosecuting” the perps…they could have ended the whole thing on the first day.

  29. Too bad they don’t also have a law against ‘riot boosting’ to go after groups and individuals who promote riots:

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/7/kristi-noem-south-dakota-governor-pushes-bills-aim/

    “The legislation defines “riot boosting” as participating in and/or directing a riot, as well as advising or encouraging someone else to riot. It would set up an escrow fund of local, state, federal and pipeline company dollars to cover city and county costs incurred from cracking down on rioters.”

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