United Kingdom police charge 51 over Extinction Rebellion protest

Extinction Rebellion newspaper protest: Twenty-six charged

XR responded to criticism from ministers by saying: "Our free press, society and democracy is under attack - from a failing government that lies to us consistently, is becoming increasingly authoritarian and is leading us towards four degrees of warming".

"It is not tolerable for groups to attack democracy by claiming they are little more than peaceful protesters".

The review could lead to Extinction Rebellion being treated as an organised crime group, which could leave environmental activists who cause chaos facing five years in jail.

XR is right to say there isn't a "free press"-and correct to point out how only a handful of media barons own the vast majority of newspapers".

"It's even more disgraceful to see these tactics revived at a time when this country faces the grave threat of coronavirus", she added.

Police said all 26 have been granted bail under the condition they do not enter Merseyside or contact any News International employees.

"As Home Secretary I am committed to tackling this head on".

'I deeply respect the passion of climate activists but also believe that preventing newspapers from doing their job is not a helpful strategy in the fight against the climate emergency, ' he told the Daily Telegraph.

"The team said it had been interrupting the papers" to expose the collapse of the corporations to report about the climate and environmental emergency, and their constant manipulation of the facts to suit their particular political and personal agendas".

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the same programme he was "astounded" at Abbott's comments.

"I will be looking at every opportunity available, including primary legislation, to ensure that there is a full suite of tools available to tackle this behaviour", she added.

Vans were covered with banners with messages including "Free the truth" and "Refugees are welcome here".

"You will be punished for your actions", she warned.

"I think law enforcement action should be taken to preserve our wider freedoms, and they do include a free media".

"They're not criminals, they're protesters and activists in the tradition of the suffragettes and the hunger marches of the 1930s", she said.

"It's important to remind ourselves that direct action, which is what those actions were, is actually legal", she said.

Telegraph editor Chris Evans called the protest an attempt to "stifle our free press".

"If you cannot receive a copy of a paper today it is because Extinction Rebellion obstructed the printing presses".

"It's wonderful to feel the energy again and try to hold the government to account", said Grace Onions, 52, who took part in the group's large-scale protests in 2019.



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