Essay by Eric Worrall
h/t Scissor; Building bridges rather than blocking them? XR appear to have finally noticed nobody likes them.
From the Guardian;
Extinction Rebellion announces move away from disruptive tactics
Climate protest group says temporary shift will ‘prioritise relationships over roadblocks’
Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent
Mon 2 Jan 2023 00.19 AEDT Last modified on Mon 2 Jan 2023 08.55 AEDT
The climate protest group Extinction Rebellion is shifting tactics from disruptions such as smashing windows and glueing themselves to public places in 2023, it has announced.
A new year resolution to “prioritise attendance over arrest and relationships over roadblocks”, was spelled out in a 1 January statement titled “We quit”, which said “constantly evolving tactics is a necessary approach”.
The group admitted the move would be controversial. Other environmental protest groups, such as Just Stop Oil, have stepped up direct actions, notably throwing paint at art masterpieces.
“In a time when speaking out and taking action are criminalised, building collective power, strengthening in number and thriving through bridge-building is a radical act,” the group said.
…Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/01/extinction-rebellion-announces-move-away-from-disruptive-tactics
Extinction Rebellion’s attempts to reach out to ordinary people have not always worked out the way they wanted.
As for their building bridges campaign, it is difficult to imagine a worse case of bad timing. Almost as ridiculous as their plan for an April 1st 2022 mass uprising.
As winter bites, as ordinary Britons struggle with energy bills, as gas and electricity prices skyrocket, these rich kid green dilettantes have decided now is the time to reach out to ordinary people and convince us to accept more of the same.